The Chicken Book / Edition 1

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Overview

Liberating today's chicken from cartoons, fast food, and other demeaning associations, The Chicken Book at once celebrates and explains this noble fowl. As it traces the rise and fall of Gallus domesticus from the jungles of ancient India to the assembly-line hatcheries sprawled across modern America, this original, frequently astounding book passes along a trove of knowledge and lore about everything from the chicken's biology and behavior to its place in legend and mythology. The book includes lively discussions of the chicken's role in literature and history, the cruel attractions of cockfighting, the medicinal uses of eggs and chicken parts, the details of the egg-laying process, the basics of the backyard coop, recipes, and much more. Entertaining and insightful, The Chicken Book will change the way we regard this too often underappreciated animal.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book will definitely have a place on my bookshelf. Originally published in 1975, it began as a collaborative college course on the chicken by a scientist, a historian, and their students. Except for the professors, who were backyard chicken keepers, none knew a whole lot about chickens. The result: a big book that pretty much covers the subject from Araucanas to Plymouths to Yokohamas; from the origins to cockfighting, folklore, modern chicken/egg 'factories,' and backyard chicken raising."—Michael Gaspars, Whole Earth

“It's hard to decide whether this book is more fascinating and valuable for its information on chickens or for its insight on the modern homestead movement. But then, just about anyone will find The Chicken Book to be interesting, amusing, and fun to read on several levels. . . . Chicken lovers will be delighted with all of this. But the general reader will also be rewarded. . . . Underpinned by several serious ideas but sprinkled with a generous dose of humor, [it] makes for some fine reading."—Countryside and Small Stock Journal

"A fascinating account of the great impact that the chicken has had upon man. For anyone with any interest in chickens, the book is not only informative but is also fun to read."—Choice

"Smith and Daniel are obviously enthusiastic (though not sentimental) about their subject, and they've provided some good, interesting, and useful reading on the chicken."—Library Journal

"A delightful treatment blending evident research with forthright admiration for the ubiquitous chicken."—Booklist

"At times amusing, essentially very serious, this engaging offbeat look at the chicken—as an estimable creature in itself and as a symbol of man's desensitization through technology—[is] a pro-chicken, pro-man Western omelette worth reading and pondering."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820322131
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Page Smith (1917-1995) was a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Charles Daniel is an emeritus research professor of biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Origin(s) of the Chicken 9
2 The Global Chicken 27
3 Aldrovandi 41
4 The Cock 51
5 Cockfighting 69
6 Cockfighting Continued 98
7 The Chicken Apothecary 125
8 The "Folk" Chicken 135
9 The Hen and Her Egg 159
10 The Egg and the Chick 189
11 The Century of the Chicken 204
12 The Decline of the Chicken 232
13 The Industrialization of the Chicken 250
14 The Fall of the Chicken (and Almost Everything Else) 264
15 On Keeping Chickens 303
16 The Culinary Chicken (and Egg) 343
Bibliography 373
Index 375
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