Feast: Why Humans Share Food

Feast: Why Humans Share Food

written by Martin Jones, 1940- (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2007, originally published 2007), 379 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
The family dinner, the client luncheon, the holiday spread--the idea of people coming together for a meal seems the most natural thing in the world. But that is certainly not the case for most other members of the animal kingdom. In Feast, archeologist Martin Jones presents both historic and modern scientific evidence to illuminate how prehistoric humans first came to share food and to trace the ways in which the human meal has shaped our cultural evolution. Jones shows that by studying the activities of our closest animal relative, the chimpanzee, and by unearthing ancient hearths, some more than 30,000 years old, scientists have been able to piece together a picture of how our ancient ancestors found, killed, cooked, and divided food. In sites uncovered all over the world, fragments of bone, remnants of charred food, pieces of stone or clay serving vessels, and the outlines of ancient halls tell the story of how we slowly developed the complex traditions of eating we recognize in our own societies today. Jones takes us on a tour of the most fascinating sites and artifacts that have been discovered, and shows us how archeologists have made many fascinating discoveries. In addition, he traces the rise of such recent phenomena as biscuits, 'going out to eat,' and the Thanksgiving-themed TV dinner. From the earliest evidence of human consumption around half a million years ago to the era of the drive-through diner, this fascinating account unfolds the history of the human meal and its profound impact on human society.
Field of Interest
Anthropology
Author
Martin Jones, 1940-
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2007 by Martin Jones
Content Type
Book
Anthropologist / Ethnographer
Martin Jones, 1940-
Format
Text
Original Publication Date
2007
Page Count
379
Publication Year
2007
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Place Published / Released
New York, NY
Subject
Anthropology, Food Studies Online, Social Sciences, Cultural anthropology, Food History, Food in Anthropology, Diet and food, Apes, Cooking, Seasons, Humans and human ancestors, Food habits, Antropologia Cultural, Antropología Cultural, Historia de la Alimentación, História da Alimentação, Antropología de la Alimentación, Antropologia da Alimentação, Share, Humans, Web, Food, Globalization, Soul, Stomach, Food chain, Hierarchy, Feast, Seasons, Strangers, Eating, Naming, Brain, Cooking, Fire, Game, Search, Apes, Difference, Hearth, Return, Early 21st Century United States (2001– )
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Antropologia Cultural, Antropología Cultural, Historia de la Alimentación, História da Alimentação, Antropología de la Alimentación, Antropologia da Alimentação, Share, Humans, Web, Food, Globalization, Soul, Stomach, Food chain, Hierarchy, Feast, Seasons, Strangers, Eating, Naming, Brain, Cooking, Fire, Game, Search, Apes, Difference, Hearth, Return

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