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Ecologists have given a good deal of thought to questions like these with regard
to the diets of nonhuman foraging animals ... To account for this picky behavior,
ecologists have developed a set of principles known as optimal foraging theory.
On their foraging expeditions the Ache stop to harvest only one insect — the
larvae of a species of palm beetle. ... Optimal foraging theory therefore offers an
explanation for what must otherwise seem to be an utterly capricious gustatory ...
To say that a foodway represents an optimization of costs and benefits is not to
say that it is an optimal foodway. Optimization is not the same as optimal (optimal
foraging theory, strictly speaking, is a misnomer — it should be optimization ...
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Good to eat: riddles of food and cultureUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Why are the world's food habits or "foodways,'' as Harris refers to them, so diverse? In this scholarly yet fast-paced and very readable work, anthropologist Harris argues that "major differences in ... Read full review
ONe Good to Think or Good to Eat? I3
three The Riddle of the Sacred Cow
FOUR The Abominable Pig
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