Feast Why Humans Share Food

ISBN-10: 0199533520
ISBN-13: 9780199533527
Edition: 2008
Authors: Martin Jones
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Description: The family dinner, the client luncheon, the holiday spread--the idea of people coming together for a meal seems the most natural thing in the world. But that is certainly not the case for most other members of the animal kingdom. In Feast,  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

The family dinner, the client luncheon, the holiday spread--the idea of people coming together for a meal seems the most natural thing in the world. But that is certainly not the case for most other members of the animal kingdom. In Feast, archeologist Martin Jones presents both historic and modern scientific evidence to illuminate how prehistoric humans first came to share food and to trace the ways in which the human meal has shaped our cultural evolution. Jones shows that by studying the activities of our closest animal relative, the chimpanzee, and by unearthing ancient hearths, some more than 30,000 years old, scientists have been able to piece together a picture of how our ancient ancestors found, killed, cooked, and divided food. In sites uncovered all over the world, fragments of bone, remnants of charred food, pieces of stone or clay serving vessels, and the outlines of ancient halls tell the story of how we slowly developed the complex traditions of eating we recognize in our own societies today. Jones takes us on a tour of the most fascinating sites and artifacts that have been discovered, and shows us how archeologists have made many fascinating discoveries. In addition, he traces the rise of such recent phenomena as biscuits, "going out to eat," and the Thanksgiving-themed TV dinner. From the earliest evidence of human consumption around half a million years ago to the era of the drive-through diner, this fascinating account unfolds the history of the human meal and its profound impact on human society.

A return to the hearth
Are we so different? How apes eat
In search of big game
Fire, cooking, and growing a brain
Naming and eating
Among strangers
Seasons of the feast
Hierarchy and the food chain
Eating in order to be
Far from the hearth
The stomach and the soul
A global food web

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