Good to eat: riddles of food and culture
Simon and Schuster, 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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Traditionally, after an interval of unknown duration, the women exhumed the
bones and cleaned them but did not eat any of the flesh. During the 1920s the
women changed this practice, possibly to compensate for a decline in the rations
of meat they were able to obtain from their menfolk. They exhumed the corpse
after only two or three days and began to eat the entire body cut from the bones
and cooked in bamboo cylinders along with fern leaves and other greens. (
Because of the ...
I am not suggesting that the diet is adequate, but merely that there are grounds
for suspecting that it is an improvement over what women normally eat. Wilson's
conclusion that "the severe restrictions to the postpartum diet [are] inimical to the
women's health" is unsubstantiated. Certainly she presents no evidence that the
lying-in diet was inferior to the diet of nonpregnant and nonlactating women as a
consequence of postpartum dietary restrictions. A far more likely explanation of ...
women and which I have alluded to in discussing the distribution of animal foods.
Perhaps they more accurately represent a mixture of self-exploitation by women
as well as exploitation of women by men. In line with this possibility, another
study carried out in Tamil Nadu reports that 74 percent of female respondents
said that it is better for a pregnant women to eat no more than or even less than
what she normally eats. Do women really believe this, or have they simply
learned that ...
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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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