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Feast By Martin Jones (George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Cambridge)

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From the earliest evidence of human consumption around half a million years ago to the era of the TV dinner and the drive-through diner, this fascinating account unfolds the history of the human meal and its huge impact both on human society and the ecology of the planet.

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Feast: Why Humans Share Food by Martin Jones (George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Cambridge)

Is sharing food such an everyday, unremarkable occurrence? In fact, the human tendency to sit together peacefully over food is actually rather an extraordinary phenomenon, and one which many species find impossible. It is also a pheonomenon with far-reaching consequences for the global environment and human social evolution. So how did this strange and powerful behaviour come about? In Feast, Martin Jones uses the latest archaeological methods to illuminate how humans came to share food in the first place and how the human meal has developed since then. From the earliest evidence of human consumption around half a million years ago to the era of the TV dinner and the drive-through diner, this fascinating account unfolds the history of the human meal and its huge impact both on human society and the ecology of the planet.

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concrete and compelling * Paul Levy, TLS *
Wonderful - don't miss it for the world. * Elisabeth Luard, The Scotsman *
This is a mould-cracker of a book, as readable as any thriller. * Elisabeth Luard, Literary Review *
Will delight most anthropologists and evolutionary biologists, as well as broadly educated laypersons interested in the evolution of diet and the social organisation of eating...[a] captivating narrative. * Gary Paul Nabhan, Nature *
A lively, wide-ranging study. * The Scotsman *
Jones offers much that is both fascinating and illuminating. * Kate Colquhoun, The Telegraph (Review) *

About Martin Jones (George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Cambridge)


Martin Jones is George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science at the University of Cambridge, and specializes in the study of the fragmentary archaeological remains of early food. In the 1990s he was Chairman of the Ancient Biomolecule Initiative that pioneered some of the most important new methods of archaeological science used in such research. His previous books include The Molecule Hunt: archaeology and the search for ancient DNA, published by Penguin.

Table of Contents


1. A return to the hearth ; 2. Are we so different? How apes eat ; 3. In search of big game ; 4. Fire, cooking, and growing a brain ; 5. Naming and eating ; 6. Among strangers ; 7. Seasons of the feast ; 8. Hierarchy and the food chain ; 9. Eating in order to be ; 10. Far from the hearth ; 11. The stomach and the soul ; 12. A global food web

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Feast: Why Humans Share Food by Martin Jones (George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Cambridge)
Martin Jones (George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Cambridge)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2007-03-22
380
0199209014
9780199209019
Winner of Guild of Food Writers FOOD BOOK OF THE YEAR 2008.
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