Moveable Feasts is subtitled "From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, The Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat." And that is just what Sarah Murray, "travel writer and longtime Financial times contributor who reports on the relationship of society and environment," (frontispiece) provides in this 2007 book. Beginning with the Roman amphorae which carried olive oil across an empire (and ended as a huge trash heap, a treasure trove for patient archaeologists) and moving (yes, pun intended) through container transport, banana republics, air transport, nomadic traditions, and barrels, Murray provides significant insight into the ways food has always moved -- from place to place through empire after empire -- and the many ways that the means by which food is transported has shaped -- quite literally some times -- and been shaped by (again, quite literally sometimes) transport technology. WHile I was fascinated to learn the history of the container box (the one that moves whole from the back of truchs on to ships and are stacked in my imagination in huge lots here and there around the globe), my most memorable tidbit is that a barrel, properly constructed, rests on less than a square inch as one rolls it along. Also fascinating are the depictions of the Berlin airlift and the impact of the politics of food on the Cold War, and the organizational genius of tiffin transportation in India newly fascinating even to the Harvard Business School. (For some discussion of complex event processing a la the tiffin box, click here.) And, who knew that the "racing clipper" literally did race across oceans to bring the first of the tea harvest to England. Or that English grown tea is now making its way back to India.