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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MEAT. HUNGER. PICTURE A LINE of people dressed in shabby raincoats,
umbrellas in one hand and an assortment of plastic bags and briefcases in the
other. As they shuflie forward in the grey dawn, the ones up front grudgingly
make room ...
popular demand for meat. Even without ... In Soviet eyes, they prove that the
government is doing its best to put more meat on everybody's plate. ... Is their
meat hunger nothing but a symbol of the rejection of the Polish brand of state
comments: “The Sharanahua are continually preoccupied with the topic of meat,
and men, women, and children spend an ... Hunter-gatherers and village
horticulturalists commonly complain that they are “meat hungry,” a condition
which their ...
“I haven't eaten for days.” The Yanomamo, who also have special ways of
expressing their meat hunger, regulate the amount of starchy plantains (a kind of
banana) they consume by the amount of meat available. They like to alternate
bites of ...
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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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