The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature by Leon R. KassThe Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature by Leon R. Kass

The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature

byLeon R. Kass, Leon R. Kass M. D.

Paperback | March 15, 1999

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The Hungry Soul is a fascinating exploration of the natural and cultural act of eating. Kass brilliantly reveals how the various aspects of this phenomenon, and the customs, rituals, and taboos surrounding it, relate to universal and profound truths about the human animal and its deepest yearnings.

"Kass is a distinguished and graceful writer. . . . It is astonishing to discover how different is our world from that of the animals, even in that which most evidently betrays that we too are animals—our need and desire for food."—Roger Scruton, Times Literary Supplement

"Yum."—Miss Manners

Title:The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our NatureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226425681

ISBN - 13:9780226425689

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Introduction: "Good for Food . . . to Make One Wise"
1. Food and Nourishing: The Primacy of Form
2. The Human Form: Omnivorosus Erectus
3. Host and Cannibal: From Fressen to Essen
4. Enhancing Uprightness: Civilized Eating
5. Freedom, Friendship, and Philosophy: From Eating to Dining
6. Sanctified Eating: A Memorial of Creation
Conclusion: The Hungry Soul and the Perfecting of Our Nature

From Our Editors

This fascinating book looks at how eating can reflect our deepest desires. Looking at the customs, taboos and rituals surrounding the food consumption process, Leon Kass reveals profound truths about human beings. The Hungry Soul shows how we are different from other animals in the world, even though it seems our desire for food is biologically the same.