Good to eat: riddles of food and culture

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Simon and Schuster, 1985 - Social Science - 289 pages
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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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Review: Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture

User Review  - Tayler K - Goodreads

Some really interesting explanations for why people in different cultures do or don't eat different things, from perspectives that make sense but most of us wouldn't think about. Humanity is, at least in some ways, more efficient than you would think. Read full review

Review: Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture

User Review  - Marianne Sarkis - Goodreads

I dish finally come around to appreciating him, even his approach. Read full review

Contents

ONe Good to Think or Good to Eat? I3
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three The Riddle of the Sacred Cow
47
FOUR The Abominable Pig
67
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The Consuming Body
Pasi Falk
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About the author (1985)

Marvin Harris is an American anthropologist who was educated at Columbia University, where he spent much of his professional career. Beginning with studies on race relations, he became the leading proponent of cultural materialism, a scientific approach that seeks the causes of human behavior and culture change in survival requirements. His explanations often reduce to factors such as population growth, resource depletion, and protein availability. A controversial figure, Harris is accused of slighting the role of human consciousness and of underestimating the symbolic worlds that humans create. He writes in a style that is accessible to students and the general public, however, and his books have been used widely as college texts.

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