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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In fact if one considers the total range of potential foodstuffs in the world, the
dietary inventory of most human groups seems quite narrow. We pass up some
items because they are biologically unsuited to be eaten by our species. For
Soviet grain production is not all that bad when it comes to feeding people; in fact
there is an annual surplus of grain for human consumption. The trouble with the
Soviet agricultural system is that it is incapable of feeding all those animals as ...
India has the largest number of cattle in the world—about 180 million Bos indicus
(plus 50 million buffalo), a situation which might reasonably be attributed to the
fact that no one seems to want to kill or eat them. India also has the distinction of
... fact that the raj from England was an even more prodigal cow-killer and beef
eater than the Moslems served as the focus for waves of civil disobedience which
led to India's independence after World War II. In the earliest days of the new ...
Why is cow protection “the central fact of Hinduism“? Most major religions regard
cattle as good to eat. Why is Hinduism different? Both politics and religion
obviously play a role in reinforcing and perpetuating the beef and slaughter
taboos, but ...
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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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