The Quest for Food

A Natural History of Eating

Author: Harald Brüssow

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387303340

Category: History

Page: 866

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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.

A Revolution in Eating

How the Quest for Food Shaped America

Author: James E. McWilliams

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231129923

Category: Cooking

Page: 386

View: 6990

History of food in the United States.

The quest for food

Author: Jill Bailey,Oxford Scientific Films

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780831772789

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 31

View: 6766

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.

The Quest for Food

Its Role in Human Evolution & Migration

Author: Ivan Crowe

Publisher: Tempus Pub Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 258

View: 2215

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

Animals and the Quest for Food

Author: Michel Barré

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub

ISBN: 9780836820799

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 2512

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

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: 2758

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.

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: 1264

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 Hungry Empire

How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

Author: Lizzie Collingham

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 9780099586951


Page: 400

View: 9294

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, re-shaping 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.

The Quest for the Cure

The Science and Stories Behind the Next Generation of Medicines

Author: Brent Stockwell

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231152132

Category: Science

Page: 284

View: 2134

A leading researcher in chemical biology offers a behind-the-scenes tour of today's medical innovations, tracing key 20th-century pharmacological milestones while profiling sophisticated, emerging approaches to drug design that may enable breakthrough treatments for seemingly incurable diseases.

Food and Environment

The Quest for a Sustainable Future

Author: International Conference on Food and Environment

Publisher: WIT Press

ISBN: 1845645545

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 225

View: 2552

The many advances in food production made over the past century have made it possible to feed the whole of humanity. But food production and processing can have detrimental effects on the environment. Major challenges remain with industrial-scale Higher productivity and larger volumes should not come at the expense of product quality or animal suffering.. Food-related problems, in spite of their importance, have not been sufficiently well discussed in relation to their possible consequences. It is essential to understand the consequences of food production processes and demands of the rising standard of living can have on the food consumed daily by the world population. Of particular importance are the effects on human health and the well-being of the population, as well as the more general issues related to possible damage to the environment and ecology. This book includes contributions presented at athe first international conference convened to examine these challenges. Topics include Food processing issues; Contamination of food; Pharmaceuticals in food; Obesity-related issues; Pesticides and nutrients; Hormonal effects; Food and fecundity; Genetic engineering; Freezing and thawing; Heavy metals; Pathogens; Salination problems; Desertification; Transportation problems; Traceability; Threshold values; Modern farming; Changing climate; Laws and regulations; Epidemiological studies; Water resources problems; and Animal welfare. The book will be of interest to food scientists and nutritionists, as well as agricultural, ecological, and environmental health experts interested in all these challenges.

Food and Environment II

The Quest for a Sustainable Future

Author: C. A. Brebbia

Publisher: WIT Press

ISBN: 1845647025

Category: Science

Page: 254

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While advances in food production made over the past century have made it possible to feed world population, food production and processing have also had detrimental effects on the environment, product quality, and human health, and have even resulted in some suffering. These food-related problems have not been sufficiently well discussed. It is essential that we understand the consequences of our food production processes, as well as the demands of rising standards of living on the food consumed around the world. This book includes papers presented at the second international conference convened to discuss these challenges. Topics include Impact of food production and food processing on the environment; Contamination of food; Food processing issues; Food production and climate change; Transportation problems; Traceability; Food characterisation; Pharmaceuticals in food; Pesticides and nutrients; Food and fecundity; Temperature control, freezing and thawing; Policies and regulations; Consumer risk and safety issues.

The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging

Author: Bruce A. Carnes,S. Jay Olshansky

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393245888

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 3714

"This is by far the best book I've read on the science of aging."—Andrew Weil, M.D. "Life-span Truth Will Set You Free from Age-old Worries," announced the Chicago Tribune upon the first publication of this book. The New England Journal of Medicine confirmed, "For readers interested in aging and longevity, this small book clearly explains the major concepts...extremely enjoyable to read." From NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw to Scientific American to the New York Times, S. Jay Olshansky and Bruce A. Carnes have stirred up controversy and brought clarity to an issue often muddled by exaggeration and pseudoscience. Medical science has uncovered a host of answers to the problems of aging, but many of the most exciting discoveries are buried in scientific journals or overshadowed by popular quick-fix treatments. The Quest for Immortality explains the real science of aging and shows which treatments offered by today's multi-billion-dollar anti-aging industries offer real hope, and which are a waste of money and time.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Author: Stephen Cope

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 198480006X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

View: 9345

More than 100,000 copies sold! Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in the midst of our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as "the way of the fully alive human being"--a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now one of America's leading scholars of yoga psychology--who is also a Western-trained psychotherapist--offers this marvelously lively and personal account of an ancient tradition that promises "the soul awake in this lifetime." Drawing on the vivid stories of practitioners at the largest yoga center in America, where he has lived and taught for more than ten years, Stephen Cope describes the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga--a practical science of development that urges us not to transcend or dissolve the self, but rather to encounter it more deeply. In this irreverent modern-day Pilgrim's Progress, Cope introduces us to an unforgettable cast of contemporary seekers--on the road to enlightenment carrying all the baggage of the human condition: confusion, loss, disappointment, addiction, and the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. As he describes the subtle shifts of energy and consciousness that happen at each stage of the path, we discover that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave life in the world for some transcendent spiritual plane. Life itself is the path. Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.

The Quest for Cosmic Justice

Author: Thomas Sowell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743215079

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 1420

This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting inequality, and how the tyranny of social visions prevents many people from confronting the actual consequences of their own beliefs and policies. Those consequences include the steady and dangerous erosion of fundamental principles of freedom -- amounting to a quiet repeal of the American revolution. The Quest for Cosmic Justice is the summation of a lifetime of study and thought about where we as a society are headed -- and why we need to change course before we do irretrievable damage.

The Quest for Meaning

Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism

Author: Tariq Ramadan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141919574

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 8465

In The Quest for Meaning, Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar, invites the reader to join him on a journey to the deep ocean of religious, secular, and indigenous spiritual traditions to explore the most pressing contemporary issues. Along the way, Ramadan interrogates the concepts that frame current debates including: faith and reason, emotions and spirituality, tradition and modernity, freedom, equality, universality, and civilization. He acknowledges the greatest flashpoints and attempts to bridge divergent paths to a common ground between these religious and intellectual traditions. He calls urgently for a deep and meaningful dialogue that leads us to go beyond tolerant co-existence to mutual respect and enrichment. Written in a both direct and meditative style this is an important, timely and intelligent book that aims to direct and shape debate around the most important questions of our time.

The Quest

Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Author: Daniel Yergin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101563702

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 832

View: 4075

This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car. Epic in scope and never more timely, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, technologies, and individuals that are shaping our future.