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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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
example, the human gut simply cannot cope with large doses of cellulose. So all
human groups spurn blades of grass, tree leaves, and wood (except for pith and
shoots as in hearts of palm and bamboo). Other biological restrictions explain
why we put ...
When India's Hindus spurn beef, Jews and Moslems abominate pork, and
Americans barely avoid retching at the thought of dog stew, one can be sure that
something beyond mere digestive physiology is shaping the definition of what's
good to eat. That other something is a people's gastronomic traditions, their food
culture. If you are born and raised in the United States, you tend to acquire
certain American food habits. You learn to enjoy beef and pork, but not goat or
horse, or grubs ...
While significant numbers of people spurn meat, fish, fowl, and other flesh, only a
tiny minority of cultists, monks, and mystics has ever professed a bias against all
foods of animal origin — a bias against eggs, milk, cheese, or other dairy
products as well. True vegetarians are technically known as vegans. Like the
followers of "macrobiotics" leader George Ohsawa, who aim to exist on nothing
but brown rice, soy sauce, and herbal teas, they are few and far between. And for
good reason ...
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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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