Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture
Why are human food habits so diverse? Why do Americans recoil at the thought of dog meat? Jews and Moslems, pork? Hindus, beef? Why do Asians abhor milk? In Good to Eat, best-selling author Marvin Harris leads readers on an informative detective adventure to solve the worlds major food puzzles. He explains the diversity of the worlds gastronomic customs, demonstrating that what appear at first glance to be irrational food tastes turn out really to have been shaped by practical, economic, or political necessity. In addition, his smart and spirited treatment sheds wisdom on such topics as why there has been an explosion in fast food, why history indicates that its bad to eat people but good to kill them, and why children universally reject spinach. Good to Eat is more than an intellectual adventure in food for thought. It is a highly readable, scientifically accurate, and fascinating work that demystifies the causes of myriad human cultural differences.
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The sole purpose of this massive effort is to provide feed for animals, much of it
by freeing low-quality domestic grains for stock raising while using the imports for
human consumption. In 1981 the people of the Soviet bloc consumed 126 million
Equally important for placing the present panic over meat consumption in proper
perspective is that wild animal carcasses contain a polyunsaturated fat (called
eicosapent-aenoic acid) which is currently under study as an antiatherosclerotic ...
In the rush to reduce the toll of heart disease and cancer, some of us may be in
danger of forgetting that increased consumption of animal foods and decreased
consumption of grains are strongly associated with increased longevity. Between
Take India, for example, and the most famous of all irrational foodways, the ban
on the slaughter of cattle and the consumption of beef. There is a section of
India's federal constitution called the Directive Principles of State Policy which
restriction did not limit the amount of meat available for human consumption. The
gods conveniently ate the spiritual portion of the animal, while the worshippers
dined heartily on the corporeal residue. And since no culture is ever at a loss for ...
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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
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