With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite. This one might be a cautionary tale for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Death in the Pot: The Importance of Food Poisoning on History by Morton Satin

How could spoiled grain lead to mob justice? How could fermented cereal decide the victor of a major war? Read Death in the Pot to learn about how food poisoning has impacted human history. Satin provides a darkly humorous look at the implications of food storage gone wrong and the bacteria that toppled civilizations.

I recommend this book for readers with an interest in history, culinary curiousity, and a slightly twisted sense of humor.

If Death in the Pot interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.