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Consuming Passions: The Anthropology Of Eating
Consuming Passions The Anthropology Of Eating Author:Peter Farb & George Armelagos (From the inside front cover) — How people eat reveals to an astonishing degree all of the other qualities of their society. A look at an American fast-food restaurant is as diagnostic of culture as a New Guinea headhunter's shopping list of edible relatives. Beginning with an explanation of what happens to a steak dinner--and to you--when you ea... more »t it, Farb constructs a fascinating demonstration of the connections between eating habits and human behavior, explaining, for example, why Bantu society would unravel without beer, why Chinese don't drink milkshakes, and why Moslems and Jews abhor pork.
And like a banquet itself, this book is full of rich and varied fare and filled with enough tasty tidbits to keep the mind constantly hungry for more. An essential informative work about humankind's most basic preoccupation.« less