Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture

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NYU Press, Mar 1, 2005 - Social Science - 295 pages
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Everyone eats, but rarely do we ask why or investigate why we eat what we eat. Why do we love spices, sweets, coffee? How did rice become such a staple food throughout so much of eastern Asia? Everyone Eats examines the social and cultural reasons for our food choices and provides an explanation of the nutritional reasons for why humans eat, resulting in a unique cultural and biological approach to the topic. E. N. Anderson explains the economics of food in the globalization era, food's relationship to religion, medicine, and ethnicity as well as offers suggestions on how to end hunger, starvation, and malnutrition.

Everyone Eats feeds our need to understand human ecology by explaining the ways that cultures and political systems structure the edible environment.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Obligatory Omnivores
11
Human Nutritional Needs
40
More Needs Than One
62
The Senses
70
Basics
82
Food as Pleasure
97
Food Classification and Communication
109
Food and Religion
154
Change
162
Foods and Borders
186
Feeding the World
209
Appendix
235
Notes
245
References
257
Index
285

Me Myself and the Others
124
Food and Traditional Medicine
140
About the Author
295
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E. N. Anderson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.

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