Food Preference and Taste: Continuity and Change

Food Preference and Taste: Continuity and Change

by Helen M. MacBeth
     
 

Food preferences and tastes are among the fundamentals affecting human existence; the sociocultural, physiological and neurological factors involved have therefore been widely researched and are well documented. However, information and debate on these factors are scattered across the academic literature of different disciplines. In this volume cross-disciplinary

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Overview

Food preferences and tastes are among the fundamentals affecting human existence; the sociocultural, physiological and neurological factors involved have therefore been widely researched and are well documented. However, information and debate on these factors are scattered across the academic literature of different disciplines. In this volume cross-disciplinary perspectives are brought together by an international team of contributors that includes social and biological anthropologists, ethologists and ethnologists, psychologists, neurologists and zoologists in order to provide access to the different specialisms on the topic.

Helen Macbeth is chair of ICAF (Europe) and Honorary Research Fellow of the Anthropology Department, Oxford Brookes University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571819581
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Series:
Anthropology of Food and Nutrition Series
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Maps
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
1Food Preferences and Taste: An Introduction1
2Primate Models for Taste and Food Preferences15
3Food Preferences in Neotropical Primates in Relation to Taste Sensitivity27
4Neural Processing Underlying Food Selection39
5Good Taste and Bad Taste: Preferences and Aversions as Biological Principles55
6Disgust: The Cultural Evolution of a Food-based Emotion65
7Wild Plants as Famine Foods: Food Choice Under Conditions of Scarcity83
8Three Centuries of Changing European Tastes for the Potato101
9The Pathways of Taste: The West Anadalucian Case115
10Evolution in Eating Habits in the Alto Douro of Northern Portugal127
11Nationality and Food Preferences in the Cerdanya Valley, Eastern Pyrenees139
12Breaking the Rules: Changes in Food Acceptability among the Tharu of Nepal155
13Choices of Food and Cuisine in the Concept of Social Space among the Yao of Thailand167
14Taste and Embodiment: The Food Preferences of Iranians in Britain175
5Food Preferences and Taste in an African Perspective: A Word of Caution187
Notes on Contributors208
Index212

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