Book Guide


A Political History of Food: From the Paleolithic to Our Days

Max Milo Edition | By Paul Ariès

Why is food at the origin of the common goods of humanity? How did the powerful, with the rituals of the table and the food policies, manage to build the (in)equality of humans? Who, after forcing the people to eat bread, wanted to forbid them chestnuts and generalize the potato? Beyond the social, religious and cultural history of food, the author traces its political history, never before treated. This fabulous book by Paul Ariès, now  is the result of thirty years of teaching and research. It shows how the French table remains largely dependent on past tables. You will know (almost) everything about what our ancestors ate and drank, from prehistory to the present day.

Well know as a political scientist specializing in ecology, but also a connoisseur of issues related to food and eating, Paul Ariès has been teaching since 1988 in the largest international hotel schools. Awarded the 1996 National Academy of Cuisine prize, he is the author of La Fin des mangeurs (Desclée de Brouwer, 1997), Les Fils de McDo (L’Harmattan, 2000), Le Goût (with Gong Gang, Desclée de Brouwer, 2000), Manger sans peur (Golias, 2011).



“Petit Mal: A Mother’s Tale of Epilepsy and Unbreakable Bonds”

By Ana Maria Caballero

When her young son is diagnosed with epilepsy, award-winning Colombian American artist and poet, Ana María Caballero, is devastated and hopelessly confused. As the long journey of healing commences, Caballero eschews traditional medicine and instead turns to a group of alternative healers she’s worked with before, whom she affectionately refers to as her army of “witch doctors.”

In her powerful and emotionally resonant book, “Petit Mal: A Mother’s Healing Love Song,” (Black Spring Press Group/May 2023), Ana Maria narrates a moving memoir taking readers on an intimate journey through the challenges, triumphs, and enduring love that Ana Maria and her son have experienced in the face of epilepsy.

“Petit Mal” is a heartwarming and candid account of Ana Maria’s personal struggle to understand and support her son, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age. The book offers a unique perspective on the daily life of a family living with epilepsy, providing a raw and unfiltered look at the physical, emotional, and psychological toll it can take on both the individual and their loved ones.

In her beautifully crafted narrative, Ana Maria Caballero delves into the complexities of epilepsy, dispelling myths and misconceptions while highlighting the strength, courage, and resilience that epilepsy patients and their families embody. Through her unwavering determination and unconditional love, Ana Maria demonstrates how their family’s bond has grown stronger in the face of adversity.

“Petit Mal” is not just a story about epilepsy; it’s a testament to the power of love, perseverance, and the indomitable human spirit. Ana Maria’s book serves as a beacon of hope for countless families navigating the challenges of epilepsy, offering support, guidance, and a source of inspiration.



Moral Courage

By Anthony Feinstein, Ph.D.

With the tragic conflicts engulfing our world today come countless injustices, including the mistreatment of journalists who risk their lives and wellbeing to reveal them. Examples overseas are multiplying every day, as exemplified by the plight of US journalist, Evan Gershkowitz, who is a devastating example.

What drives these journalists to persist in their mission, undeterred by grave perils?

What drives those in other professions to willingly step into danger zones to serve as messengers, help treat the wounded or provide food, comfort and relief?

Neuropsychiatrist Anthony Feinstein, Ph.D., interviewed 19 investigative journalists who live in countries with an intolerance of a free press, from Russia, Iran, Syria, to Zimbabwe. He found one common denominator in each of them that compels them to tell an inconvenient truth despite the risk of torture, vicious harassment, death threats, imprisonment, and mock execution – MORAL COURAGE — the title of his new book exploring  this attribute.

Moral courage is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the personal risk of adverse consequences.