The Quest for Food: A Natural History of Eating / Edition 1

The Quest for Food: A Natural History of Eating / Edition 1

by Harald Brussow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387303340

ISBN-13: 9780387303345

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Springer US

Explores links between food and human cultural and physical evolution Reviews current topics, discusses research results and confirms or challenges established concepts Bridges the viewpoints of food science and biological and medical research The Quest for Food: A Natural History of Eating is a collection of essays that surveys eating through time, from the

…  See more details below

Overview

Explores links between food and human cultural and physical evolution Reviews current topics, discusses research results and confirms or challenges established concepts Bridges the viewpoints of food science and biological and medical research The Quest for Food: A Natural History of Eating is a collection of essays that surveys eating through time, from the perspective of a biologist. The quest begins in prehistoric times with religion and the exploration of the connection between food and sex. This leads to an investigation of the deep links between food and culture, exploring the basic question of "what is eating?" The second section embarks on a biochemistry-oriented journey tracing the path of a food molecule through the central carbon pathway until it is decomposed into CO2, H2O and ATP. The third section delves into the evolution of eating systems, beginning with the elements of the primordial soup through the birth of single cell organisms such as bacteria and archea. We then follow this evolution in the fourth section through higher developed organisms: from the first organisms in the ocean to the ones on land. The next two sections explore the stories of food from an ecological, then behavioral viewpoint, leading the reader from animals to early hominids, and into human history. The final section takes apart an anthropocentric view of the world by presenting man as prey for the oldest predators: microbes. The text closes with an agronomical outlook on how to feed the billions. The goal of The Quest for Food is to catalyze discussions between scientists working in food science, and those in biological and biomedical research.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387303345
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
870
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.07(d)

Table of Contents

A Nutritional Conditio Humana.- Some Aspects of Nutritional Biochemistry.- Bioenergetics.- The Evolution of Eating Systems.- The Ecology of Eating Systems.- Eating Cultures.- We as Food and Feeders.- An Agro(-Eco)nomical Outlook: Feeding the Billions.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >