Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard WranghamCatching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

byRichard Wrangham

Paperback | September 7, 2010

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Ever since Darwin andThe Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But inCatching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution. When our ancestors adapted to using fire, humanity began. Once our hominid ancestors began cooking their food, the human digestive tract shrank and the brain grew. Time once spent chewing tough raw food could be sued instead to hunt and to tend camp. Cooking became the basis for pair bonding and marriage, created the household, and even led to a sexual division of labor. Tracing the contemporary implications of our ancestors' diets,Catching Firesheds new light on how we came to be the social, intelligent, and sexual species we are today. A pathbreaking new theory of human evolution,Catching Firewill provoke controversy and fascinate anyone interested in our ancient origins-or in our modern eating habits.
Richard Wranghamis the Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and Curator of Primate Behavioral Biology at the Peabody Museum. He is the co-author ofDemonic Malesand co-editor ofChimpanzee Cultures. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Title:Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us HumanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0465020410

ISBN - 13:9780465020416

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"Catching Fire is convincing in argument and impressive in its explanatory power. A rich and important book."-Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma