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Why Humans Share Food

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Feast by Martin Jones

Book Awards

  • Winner of Guild of Food Writers Awards: Food Book of the Year 2008.

Book Description

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199209019
ISBN-10: 0199209014
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x 26mm)
Pages: 380
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 22-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Jones

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.

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