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Is sharing food such an everyday, unremarkable occurrence? In fact, the human tendency to sit together peacefully over food is actually rather an extraordinary phenomenon, and one which many species find impossible. It is also a pheonomenon with far-reaching consequences for the global environment and human social evolution. So how did this strange and powerful behaviour c ...more
452 pages
Published 2009 by Garzanti (first published March 29th 2007)
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Madison
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feast: Why Humans Share Food by Martin Jones delves into the importance of food in human culture. He highlights the different stances and traditions humans have when consuming food. As Tom Jaine put it in her article for The Guardian, “We share our food; we eat it in public; we make eye contact with strangers while stuffing ourselves; we sit round a hearth; we have likes and dislikes and use those preferences to mark group affiliation - all habits peculiar to humans (and sometimes apes).” These ...more
Carolyn
It seemed a bit random to me (possibly because it read it in bits and pieces over a couple of weeks) but had interesting points to make about issues I find particularly interesting:

why we live in rectangular instead of round buildings
what's so bad about eating in front of a book (or computer) instead of around the table with your family
the health of hunter/gatherer/forager cultures compared to agricultural cultures
why it makes sense to eat weeds
what was so attractive about TV dinners

I noticed th
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Rhea
Aug 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: foodies, anthropologists, historians
A good history of food, feasting, and food culture. It has more to do with human choices than necessity, folks. If food was just about getting sustenance, the old and infirm would have a hard time eating and there would be no such thing as the circular meal around the hearth. For humans, the author argues, eating is a social and cultural act as much as it is about survival. There are a few places where I question the research (e.g. I've read conflicting information), but overall I really enjoyed ...more
Margaret Sankey
This is the archeological wing of food history. Using vignettes based on key archeological sites, Jones reconstructs the way in which humans developed the desire and self control to domesticate, cook, store and--crucially--share food while sitting as a group and making eye contact. Then, at the end, he asks why it is that we spent all this time getting from competitively tearing apart carcasses just to eat TV dinners by ourselves.
Sara
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half was really interesting and I liked how he set up each chapter with a brief imagined narrative of foodways in the past. Unfortunately, it seemed he missed a lot of major points, especially as he moved forward in time and he became overly focused on the importance/utilization of food in Europe. Still a good intro to the archaeology of food though.
Rose
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting info but seemed a little unfocused. Some well chosen illustrations.
Amber
Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeay! Would be a 5 but for some editing issues. I highly recommend to anyone interested in food, socialization, or anthropology.
Lucinda
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too, academic even for me.
Jason
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture, science
Fascinating.
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