for centuries. On the Silk Road and then in the Spice Islands. Europeans were mad for seasonings and the fall of Constantinople set off a new push to map and navigate the globe that ultimate lead to the settlement of north america by europeans.
400 years later we are in the golden age of food. More food, greater variety and cheaper than ever. Every holiday, sports event and gathering includes a feast. Fruit year round worldwide. Hydroponic, aquaponics, green roofing, on and on with advances and new sources. Chefs like Wylie Dufresne are the new rock stars.
A whole new set of cooking gear is now available to home cooks who have just begun to learn to use them. Induction burners are becoming common and offer instant and precise temperature control, and more efficiency. Emulsions, sous vide, agar agar and 10 other new terms have entered modern cookbooks. The last food revolution of this magnitude was Escoffier.