Why Some Like it Hot
Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity
By (author) Gary Paul Nabhan
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Why Some Like it Hot by Gary Paul Nabhan
Book DescriptionThis book is about human genetic diversity interacting with the diverse cultural traditions of food-getting, food preparation, and food consumption. Nabhan explores the dynamic connections between our culinary predilections, our genes, the diets of our ancestors, and the places that our ancestral cultures called home for extended periods of time. In each chapter, he tells the story of a particular place (Crete, Java, Hawaii, etc.) and asks questions: How do we explain how diets and our genetic identity evolved and are attached to place? What role does "place" have in our evolved diet?.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781559634663
(210mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Shearwater Books,US
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 10-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gary Paul Nabhan
Stitching the West Back Together, Paperback (September 2014)
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Cumin, Camels, and Caravans, Hardback (March 2014)
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Food, Genes, and Culture, Paperback (October 2013)View all books by Gary Paul Nabhan
Vegan, low fat, low carb, slow carb: Every diet seems to promise a one-size-fits-all solution to health. But they ignore the diversity of human genes and how they interact with what we eat. In this title, a renowned ethnobotanist shows why the perfect diet for one person could be disastrous for another.
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Author Biography - Gary Paul Nabhan
Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called the father of the local food movement by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, Carleton College and Unity College. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border.He is author or editor of twenty-four books, some of which have been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Croation, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. For his writing and collaborative conservation work, he has been honored with a MacArthur genius award, a Southwest Book Award, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, the Vavilov Medal, and lifetime achievement awards from the Quivira Coalition and Society for Ethnobiology.He works as most of the year as a research scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and the rest as co-founder-facilitator of several food and farming alliances, including Renewing America s Food Traditions and Flavors Without Borders."
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