Feast: Why Humans Share Food

Paperback | May 24, 2008

byMartin Jones

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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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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 di...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:May 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199533520

ISBN - 13:9780199533527

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Table of Contents

1. A return to the hearth2. Are we so different? How apes eat3. In search of big game4. Fire, cooking, and growing a brain5. Naming and eating6. Among strangers7. Seasons of the feast8. Hierarchy and the food chain9. Eating in order to be10. Far from the hearth11. The stomach and the soul12. A global food web

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`Jones offers much that is both fascinating and illuminating.'Kate Colquhoun, The Telegraph (Review)