The Early Modern Period was in many ways an age of discovery. Not only was a new, gigantic landmass found along with its native inhabitants, but scientific discourse was also growing rapidly, with new reality-turning discoveries made day after day. Yet one of the chief, often less talked about changes actually took place in the culinary world. Specifically, that of spices. Spices hailing from Asia had been slowly but surely making their way across Europe and infusing themselves into the local cuisine, and spices of an entirely different kind were discovered in the Americas. This was huge on a commercial level, given that the spice trade was incredibly lucrative even then, but also on a personal, sensual, and cultural level: The new spices and ingredients completely changed not only European culinary habits but also had a role to play in the upbringing of modern society as we know it.
“The powers of a man's mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks.” ― Sir James Mackintosh