Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture
Simon and Schuster, Jan 1, 1985 - 289 pages
The anthropologist/author takes on some of the major food riddles, including cannibalism, to reveal why a culture accepts or spurns specific foods
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From the standpoint of time and energy costs per harvested unit, most insects are
far outclassed by ordinary domesticated animals and many wild vertebrates and
invertebrate fauna. It is this aspect of utilizing insects for human food which
provides the basic key to understanding why insects are sometimes avoided and
sometimes preferred and why when insectivory is practiced certain species are
eaten more than others. Ecologists have given a good deal of thought to
questions like ...
In the tropics, as is well known, insect life is far more abundant than in temperate
areas such as Europe. Most of the animal biomass in Amazonia, for example,
consists of insects and earthworms. Compared with the tropics, Europe — like all
temperate regions — has far fewer species of insects, an absence of giant forms,
and a relative lack of species which swarm or exist in concentrated and easily
harvested masses. To be sure, as in the case with locusts, Europe has its share
of ants ...
Large Large Vertebrates Vertebrates Absent Present Swarming Insects Present 1
2 Swarming Insects Absent 3 4 Cell 1 represents the situation in which the
consumption of "small things" is likely to be most intense, as in Amazonia or in
the tropical forest area of Africa: lots of swarming insect species, few large
vertebrate species. Cell 4 represents the situation in which the eating of "small
things" is likely to be least intense, as in Europe or the United States and Canada
: few swarming ...
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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
ONE Good to Think or Good to Eat?
TWO Meat Hunger
THREE The Riddle of the Sacred Cow
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