Corn : A Global History

Author(s): Michael Owen Jones

Writing & History

In Corn: A Global History, Michael Owen Jones interweaves food history, folklore, history, and popular culture to create a vibrant story of corn's prevalence and importance worldwide. Indigenous people in the New World referred to maize as 'Our Mother', 'Our Life', and 'She Who Sustains Us'. Originating in Mesoamerica 9,000 years ago, corn or maize now grows in 160 countries. Here, Jones traces the transportation of corn to the Old World by Christopher Columbus, and its rapid distribution throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia that followed. While he addresses the controversies surrounding maize, Jones also writes about the many ways corn is celebrated, describing many of the remarkable culinary uses of corn, from the Chilean savoury pie pastel de choclo to Japanese corn soup, Mexican tamales, and the South African cracked hominy dish umngqusho, favoured by former president Nelson Mandela.


Product Information

Michael Owen Jones is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles.

General Fields

  • : 9781780238166
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : September 2017
  • : 197mm X 120mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Owen Jones
  • : Hardback
  • : 641.3315
  • : 208
  • : 60 illustrations, 50 in colour