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By Marvin Harris

Why are human nutrients conduct so assorted? Why do american citizens flinch on the considered puppy meat? Jews and Moslems, red meat? Hindus, pork? Why do Asians abhor milk? In reliable to Eat, bestselling writer Marvin Harris leads readers on an informative detective experience to resolve the world's significant nutrients puzzles. He explains the variety of the world's gastronomic customs, demonstrating that what look first and foremost look to be irrational nutrients tastes end up fairly to were formed via useful, or financial, or political necessity. furthermore, his clever and lively therapy sheds knowledge on such themes as why there was an explosion in quick nutrients, why heritage shows that it really is "bad" to consume humans yet "good" to kill them, and why kids universally reject spinach. Good to Eat is greater than an highbrow event in meals for concept. it's a hugely readable, scientifically exact, and engaging paintings that demystifies the explanations of myriad human cultural differences.

name of comparable curiosity additionally to be had from Waveland Press: Kahn, Always Hungry, by no means grasping: nutrition and the Expression of Gender in a Melanesian Society (ISBN 9780881337761).

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