Milk: A Global History

Author(s): Hannah Velten


Milk, poured over cereal in the morning and splashed in coffee, is part of daily life in the West. Though milk is the sustaining and essential food of all mammals, and worldwide demand for it is growing every year, the majority of the world's population cannot digest raw cow's milk. Of those that do drink milk regularly, most have never actually tasted raw milk; what is known as milk today is a heavily treated version far removed from its natural state. In "Milk", Hannah Velten explores the myths and misconceptions surrounding the drink. Modern milk processing produces a safe, clean beverage that is far removed from real milk straight from the cow, but advocates of raw milk long for the days before pasteurization, homogenization and standardization. Paradoxically, milk back then was likely to be even less natural than today: known as the white poison, and filled with additives to make it look like milk after extensive watering-down, it was bacteria-ridden and dangerous to the health of invalids and infants. Now that milk has cleaned up its act, it is considered a staple for a healthy and balanced diet.
Velten investigates how and why conceptions of milk have shifted in the public consciousness, from the science of nutrition, to dairy industry advertising and government endorsements. "Milk" will surprise and entertain in equal measure.


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Hannah Velten is a former agricultural journalist, and the author of Cow (Reaktion Books, 2007).

Introduction 1 The First Milk 2 The White Elixir 3 White Poison 4 Solving the Milk Question 5 Modern Milk Recipes Glossary Appendix References Select Bibliography Websites and Associations Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index

General Fields

  • : 9781861896568
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : April 2010
  • : 220mm X 120mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2009
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 144
  • : General Adult
  • : 641.371
  • : en
  • : Hardback
  • : Hannah Velten
  • : 20 black & white illustrations, 40 colour illustrations