The Quest for Food

A Natural History of Eating

Author: Harald Brüssow

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387303340

Category: History

Page: 866

View: 8614

When you go into a scientific library or look through the catalogues of scientific publishers, you will quickly find books from food scientists, food technologists, food chemists, food microbiologists, and food toxicologists. Agronomists, nut- tionists, and physicians have written on food, and last but not least cooks. What I missed was a book on food written from the perspective of a biologist. When Susan Safren, the food science editor from Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, invited me to write a book, I decided that I would write this book on food biology. What I had in mind was a survey on eating through space and time in a very fundamental way, but not in the format of a systematic textbook. The present book is more of an ordered collection of scientific essays. Contents.In Chapter 1, I start with a prehistoric Venus to explore the relationship between sex and food. Then I use another lady—Europe—to inv- tigate the strong links between food and culture. I then ask what is eating in a very basic but simple physicochemical sense. In Chapters 2 and 3, I embark on a biochemistry-oriented travel following the path of a food molecule through the central carbon pathway until it is decomposed into CO and H O and a lot 2 2 of ATP. My account does not intend to teach biochemistry, but to use recent research articles from major scientific journals to look behind food biochemistry.

Animals and the Quest for Food

Author: Michel Barré

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub

ISBN: 9780836820799

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 3595

Discusses some of the ways animals obtain, eat, and digest food.

The quest for food

Author: Jill Bailey,Oxford Scientific Films

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780831772789

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 31

View: 7774

Provides information on how plants, amphibians, and animals survive discussing what and how they eat, how they obtain their food, and how they share and interrelate according to the food pyramid.

Food, Medicine, and the Quest for Good Health

Nutrition, Medicine, and Culture

Author: Nancy N. Chen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231134842

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 128

View: 4195

What we eat, how we eat, where we eat, and when we eat are deeply embedded cultural practices. Eating is also related to how we medicate. The multimillion-dollar diet industry offers advice on how to eat for a better body and longer life, and avoiding harmful foods (or choosing healthy ones) is considered separate from consuming medicine--another multimillion-dollar industry. In contrast, most traditional medical systems view food as inseparable from medicine and regard medicinal foods as the front line of healing. Drawing on medical texts and food therapy practices from around the world and throughout history, Nancy N. Chen locates old and new crossovers between food and medicine in different social and cultural contexts. The consumption of spices, sugar, and salt was once linked to specific healing properties, and trade in these commodities transformed not just the political economy of Europe, Asia, and the New World but local tastes and food practices as well. Today's technologies are rapidly changing traditional attitudes toward food, enabling the cultivation of new admixtures, such as nutraceuticals and genetically modified food, that link food to medicine in novel ways. Chen considers these developments against the evolving food regimes of the diet industry in order to build a framework for understanding diet as individual practice, social prescription, and political formation.

The quest for food and furs

the Mistassini Cree, 1953-1954

Author: Edward S. Rogers

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indians of North America

Page: 83

View: 4176

This study examines the way in which a hunting group of Mistassini Cree exploited the resources of their traditional hunting territory during one year in Quebec.

The Quest for Food

Its Role in Human Evolution & Migration

Author: Ivan Crowe

Publisher: Tempus Pub Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 258

View: 2057

How humankind succeeded in its quest for food - from the first primates to the earliest civilisations.

The Hungry Empire

How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

Author: Lizzie Collingham

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448182093

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 1906

'A wholly pleasing book, which offers a tasty side dish to anyone exploring the narrative history of the British Empire' Max Hastings, Sunday Times WINNER OF THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS BOOK AWARD 2018 The glamorous daughter of an African chief shares a pineapple with a slave trader... Surveyors in British Columbia eat tinned Australian rabbit... Diamond prospectors in Guyana prepare an iguana curry... In twenty meals The Hungry Empire tells the story of how the British created a global network of commerce and trade in foodstuffs that moved people and plants from one continent to another, reshaping landscapes and culinary tastes. The Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe’s edible resources from cod fish and salt beef to spices, tea and sugar. Lizzie Collingham takes us on a wide-ranging culinary journey, revealing how virtually every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

Food and the Status Quest

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Author: Pauline Wilson Wiessner,Polly Wiessner,Wulf Schiefenhövel

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781571811233

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 294

View: 2494

This book brings together contributions from different disciplines to investigate, from ethological and anthropological perspectives, behaviour that appears to have biological roots such as the tendency to seek status through the medium of food.

The Quest for Security

Protection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance

Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz,Mary Kaldor

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527659

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

View: 1956

The essays in this collection boldly confront the quest for security arising from the social, economic, environmental, and political crises and transformations of our century. Joseph E. Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor begin with an expansive, balanced analysis of the global landscape and the factors contributing to the growth of insecurity. Whereas earlier studies have touched on how globalization has increased economic insecurity and how geopolitical changes may have contributed to military insecurity, this volume looks for some common threads: in a globalized world without a global government, with a system of global governance not up to the task, how do we achieve security without looking inward and stepping back from globalization? In each of their areas of expertise, contributors seek answers to questions about how we achieve protection of those people who are most insecure without resorting to economic, military, or mafia protectionism. Some have suggested that the turmoil in the Eurozone "proves" the deficiencies in the welfare state. This book argues that the superior performance of Scandinavian countries arises from their superior systems of social protection, which allow their citizens to undertake greater risk and more actively participate in globalization. Some suggest that we can address terrorism or transnational crimes through the strengthening of borders or long-distance wars. This book develops the proposition that such approaches have the opposite effect and that only through spreading the human security experienced in well-ordered societies can these dangers be managed. This book also examines how these global changes play out, not only in the relations among countries and the management of globalization, but at every level of our society, especially in our cities. It explores the potential for cities to ensure personal security, promote political participation, and protect the environment in the face of increasing urbanization.

The Quest to Digest

Author: Mary K. Corcoran

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

ISBN: 1570916640

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 1973

A humorous but factual look at the human digestion process.

Handbook of Food Toxicology

Author: S.S. Deshpande

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 0824743903

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 920

View: 1503

From health and economic consequences to exposure assessment and detoxification, this reference comprehensively covers the formation, characteristics, and control of various toxins that occur in the production, storage, handling, and preparation of food. The author discusses toxin sources, mechanisms, routes of exposure and absorption, and their chemical and biochemical components to prevent contamination of food products and reduce epidemics of foodborne disease. The book contains more than 3000 references to facilitate further research, as well as recent guidelines from the FDA and World Health Organization regarding food hygiene and safety.

The Quest for Gaia

A Book of Changes

Author: Kit Pedler

Publisher: Souvenir Press

ISBN: 0285641255

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 9164

Kit Pedler, the scientist who co-created the 'Doomwatch' television series to warn us of the dangers of technology, presents his vision of a totally different way of being in the world. Mankind, Pedler believes, stands at a critical point in history and has to reassess its relationship and the web of interactions that make up the total life-form of the planet. Pedler calls this life-form Gaia, after the Greek earth mother goddess, a being whose sole concern is the survival of the planet itself. Mankind is provoking the wrath of the life-form by its high technology, accelerating entropy and production of planetary disorder. Can we halt the technological Behemoth and live in harmony with the planet again? Kit Pedler says 'yes, we can, indeed, that we have no choice but to do so'. He outlines highly practical ways every individual can change his or her way of life to reduce our personal entropy debt. Do we need to eat factory-farm beef rather than, the sun-product, grain? Must be build homes from steel and concrete rather than, the renewable earth-product, timber? Is there an alternative to expensive, and ecologically destructive, drugs? From experiments with his own lifestyle Kit Pedler comes to some profoundly optimistic conclusions. He demonstrates how low-entropy living can have unexpected rewards, from restoring our respect for the creatures with which we share the earth, greater independence and freedom through learning abandoned skills and, above all, by the recovery of a lost vision, once possessed by our forefathers, which enables us to see and feel in ways forgotten by industrial man. The Quest for Gaia is an exhilarating and optimistic book, and a challenge to capture a rewarding and sustainable future for ourselves and our earth. It is a blueprint for the Age of Gaia.