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Bueno Para Comer (Ciencias Sociales)

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Why are human food habits so diverse? Why do Americans recoil at the thought of dog meat? Jews and Moslems, pork? Hindus, beef? Why do Asians abhor milk? In Good to Eat, bestselling author Marvin Harris leads readers on an informative detective adventure to solve the world's major food puzzles. He explains the diversity of the world's gastronomic customs, demonstrating tha ...more
Paperback, 331 pages
Published June 30th 2005 by Alianza (first published 1985)
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Jun 01, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in food and/or anthropology
This is a brilliant book which has changed the way I think about how, and why, people eat animals. Harris makes convincing arguments, based on economics on biology, for the reasons behind animal food taboos and preferences in human cultures.

His arguments build successively through the book, so the chapters work more in sequence than they do in isolation. The most interesting chapters, for me, were probably "Meat Hunger" (explaining the privileging of meat as a food source), and that on cannibal
Como todas las obras de Harris, muy entretenidas, sorprendentes, cautivadoras, pero en muchas ocasiones con teorías muy discutibles que sólo él (o su escuela) parece sostener.
Feb 26, 2012 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry but Marvin Harris is an idiot... Marvin Harris says in Good to Eat that early hunter-gatherers derived 35% of their calories from meat which is four times the average per capita consumption of meat that Americans consume now. In addition, Harris states that “we seem to have descended from a long line of meat-hungry animals,” (Page 29). I disagree with this statement because if we look at our closest primate relatives, many are herbivores like the gorilla and those that are omnivorous like ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Alissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I really appreciate about this book is that Marvin Harris does a great deal to illustrate that people around the world don't have what some might consider to be irrational or unusual food taboos because they are ignorant, but instead because it makes sense in their situations. I would agree that humans are generally very rational and that it is perhaps very ethnocentric of us to immediately assume that folks are ignorant instead of acting in their best interests. This book is f ...more
Ammetto di aver iniziato un po' a rilento, ma una volta entrata nell'ottica giusta questo saggio è stato una rivelazione!
Perchè certi animali in certi luoghi sono dei tabù, mentre in altri sono vere e proprie leccornie?
Quali sono le motivazioni culturali che portano determinate religioni a puntare il dito contro alcuni cibi?
Quando noi occidentali abbiamo iniziato a pensare con orrore agli insetti come cibo? E perchè non ci mangiamo i nostri cari animali da compagnia?
Come mai alcuni popoli tro
forse un po' datato e quindi un po' "fuori tempo", ma da un punto di vista antropologico è inattaccabile.
e si scoprono cose assai interessanti legate alla religione, alle culture e al fatto che non si è mai sicuri di queli siano i veri animali che serve mangiare.
conosco persone per cui tutto quello che è commestibile è cibo. altre che schifano quasi tutto, altre che mangiano e non sanno perché. probabilmente anche per le singole persone e non solo per le culture si può fare lo stesso esercizio, e capire il motivo di certi rifiuti o preferenze.

non ci avevo mai pensato, che non ci sono animali carnivori tra quelli allevati per essere mangiati. purtroppo risente un po' dell'età, negli ultimi trent'anni il mondo è un po' cambiato, ma è comunuqe interessante
Mar 24, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Harris’ study focuses on debunking the notion that human foodways are irrational. He proposes mostly economic but occasionally sociological explanations for things that have often been attributed to the irrationality of tradition, and especially the irrationality of religion. Examples include the Hindus not eating beef (the economics of a crowded country), Jews and Muslims not eating pork (swine are too costly in the climates where these religions are concentrated), and the lack of dairy in Chin ...more
Aug 18, 2007 Lorraine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: badly trained structuralists
Basically, it makes sense, which is good. But I didn't really like the slant -- ok it didn't seem very well thought out to me.

I felt that the chap had done his research, which is always a good thing. But then he doesn't sufficiently explain the links... for instance he talks of a dialectic between religious food taboos and the scarcity of food etc. But this dialectic is never thoroughly explained, at least, not thoroughly enough to my liking. I originally gave it 2 stars, but I figured the guy h
Sara Cassidy
While this was an interesting read, which was a required read for my Anthropology class, yet I found the information dated and the tone to be condescending toward people with differing views.
Tayler K
Feb 18, 2014 Tayler K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, nonfiction
Some really interesting explanations for why people in different cultures do or don't eat different things, from perspectives that make sense but most of us wouldn't think about. Humanity is, at least in some ways, more efficient than you would think.
May 10, 2015 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite informative. However, some of the language got a bit technical and there were sections of the chapter on cannibalism that were particularly gruesome.
May 02, 2016 Mariocarboni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In tempi di nuovi tabù alimentari e fanatismi una utile lettura
Feb 02, 2014 Devero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rispetto a "Cannibali e Re" questo "Buono da Mangiare" è lievemente inferiore. Certamente si concentra maggiormente sul cibo e sull'evoluzione della cultura alimentare delle società e civiltà umane, ma manca di approfondire l'aspetto storico come invece faceva "Cannibali e Re". Resta una lettura più che buona, che apre la mente come solo divulgatori come Marvin Harris o Jared Diamond sanno fare.
Isaac Timm
The book is a very good discussion on food culture, but the author's research on cannibalism seemed a bit bias, relying heavily on first hand accounts of Spanish Jesuit priests who in many cases had a vested interest in dehumanizing the indigenous peoples new world. I would have liked to have seen the archeological evidence on which he backs his cannibalism theories.
Ryan Dilbert
May 22, 2007 Ryan Dilbert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horse-eaters, cannibals and social anthropologists
The dude is all harsh on vegetarianism. He basically says it is ridiculous and insane (I think his 80's scientific data is out of date). It was interesting to see how history and economy may have played a part in how Hindis love cows, Muslims hate pigs, and why America is willing to cut up horses and sell them, but not to put them in a sandwich.
Feb 16, 2008 Amelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read of what cultures dictate what eating decisions, and why. Why do Americans have an aversion to eating horse? Why do Asians avoid dairy? Why does Islam forbid pork? Marvin Harris presents nuanced explanations to each of these questions (as well as many more).
Michele Bergadano
"Invecchiando, i buddhisti diventano molto scrupolosi nell'osservanza del divieto di uccisione degli animali, ma sanno sempre trovare qualcuno che assolva a questa sporca bisogna in loro vece." (Marvin Harris)
Russell Ramaswamy
Apr 27, 2008 Russell Ramaswamy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I recommend it along with his other book Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches. Other books of his , Our Kind, Cannibals & Kings
Mar 12, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit disgusting at times but it taught me things I did not know about people in other parts of the world and where some beliefs come from.
Saurio Saurio
May 09, 2011 Saurio Saurio rated it it was amazing
Un libro fundamental para debatir contra vegetarianos estrictos o contra aquellos que cuestionan nuestras manías alimenticias.
Nov 14, 2010 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ho imparato tantissime cose sugli Hamburger, sul cibarsi di carne di cavallo, sulla Quaresima.
Aug 05, 2008 Zachary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some things aren't meant to go in your mouth, but they do anyway.
Marianne Sarkis
Sep 18, 2013 Marianne Sarkis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall-2013
I dish finally come around to appreciating him, even his approach.
Dec 10, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pre-Michael Pollan, Marxist food anthropology.
SDMB recco: CalMeacham
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American anthropologist Marvin Harris was born in Brooklyn, New York. A prolific writer, he was highly influential in the development of cultural materialism. In his work he combined Karl Marx's emphasis on the forces of production with Malthus's insights on the impact of demographic factors on other parts of the sociocultural system. Labeling demographic and production factors as infrastructure, ...more
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“We can eat and digest everything from rancid mammary gland
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“Strictly speaking, human flesh itself contains the highest-qual­
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