Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture
Waveland Press, 1998 M07 2 - 289 páginas
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 India people delight in consuming as much milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt as
they can afford, and ghee, or clarified butter, is the preferred cooking fat in
traditional Indian cuisine. As for animal flesh, some members of the priestly
bodia are great aficionados of fish, which they consume fresh, dried, salted, and
fermented. In addition to fish, Thai Buddhists consume significant quantities of
pork, buffalo meat, beef, chicken, ducks, silkworms, snails, shrimp, and crab.
That adds up to 228 pounds a year, about the amount of meat, poultry, and fish
that Americans currently consume. Before we decide to blame cancer and heart
disease indiscriminately on eating too much animal flesh, we had better take a ...
All over the world people in dire need of the very proteins, calories, vitamins, and
minerals that meat provides in such concentrated form refuse to consume certain
kinds of flesh. If meat is so nutritious, why are so many animals bad to eat?
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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 ... Leer comentario completo
Una lúcida y bien desarrollada explicación de los tabúes alimentarios muchas veces vistos como religiosos pero mal justificados. Un antropólogo lucido
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