The History and Science of Our 2.5-million-year Obsession With Meat

Book - 2016
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Explores the world's meat cultures and traditions to share insights into why a craving for animal protein evolved in humans and why vegetarian lifestyles are so difficult to maintain despite health warnings.
Published: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780465036622
Branch Call Number: 641.36 ZAR
Characteristics: vii, 263 pages ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Meat hooked


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Feb 10, 2018

A lot of books about diets, dieting, nutrition, and that sort of thing have an obnoxious, judgmental tone to them. The authors practically yell at the reader about how bad meat-eating is. In contrast, Marta Zaraska's book takes a much broader approach. She's interested in answering that one, fundamental question: "Why? Why do people find meat so tasty and so appealing in the first place?" This involves taking a wide look into human evolution, recent cultural changes, the economics of food production, and more. While there are a lot of places in the book that I wish it had more context and more details, and the bias in favor of vegetarianism is still there although far more even-handed than normal, Zaraska has still done great work.


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