Historian Deborah Valenze’s latest book is the first cultural history of milk. She asks, in Milk: A Local and Global History, just how the product became a near-universal symbol of modern health. She combines business and science, and also delves into the religious meanings of milk and celebrations of the pastoral life. In the end, it’s a tome meant to force reflection about our relationship to food both past and present.

Valenze teaches at Barnard College.

From Yale University Press. Available from Amazon.

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