Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture
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Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture

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Everyone eats, but rarely do we ask why or investigate why we eat what we eat. Why do we love spices, sweets, coffee? How did rice become such a staple food throughout so much of eastern Asia? Everyone Eats examines the social and cultural reasons for our food choices and provides an explanation of the nutritional reasons for why humans must eat in order to survive, result...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published February 16th 2005 by New York University Press
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This is one of the books that was required for reading for Anthropology 109 - Food and Culture. It tied together the vastness of food and foodways - religion, sociology, technology, tradition, and fleshed out each of these areas with considerable knowledge. It takes into account that food "decisions" and directions have adopted patterns and habits that are counterproductive to the most efficient, healthy, or logical way - and attempts to explain why.

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David Leonard
Good introductory discussion .... Lack of discussion of racism and sexism limits strength of the work; needed to move discussion beyond individuals as it replicates neoliberalist discourses. Also while book focused on consumption, the absence of a sustained discussion of labor and exploitation limits it's potential. Good introductory text
A great introduction to nutritional (or food) anthropology, E.N. Anderson takes you from our evolution as omnivorous mammals to an in depth look at the current world food production and distribution network. Anderson covers a lot of very interesting facts and analyzes a great deal of data, presenting it in such a way that it is beneficial to both layperson as well as academic, with a very exhaustive and detailed works-cited section. Anderson does a great job in detailing not only the practical s...more
Slightly moralistic, but a lot of good information, and quite enjoyably written.
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