Why Some Like It Hot

Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610913574
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Do your ears burn whenever you eat hot chile peppers? Does your face immediately flush when you drink alcohol? Does your stomach groan if you are exposed to raw milk or green fava beans? If so, you are probably among the one-third of the world's human population that is sensitive to certain foods due to your genes' interactions with them. Formerly misunderstood as "genetic disorders," many of these sensitivities are now considered to be adaptations that our ancestors evolved in response to the dietary choices and diseases they faced over millennia in particular landscapes. They are liabilities only when we are "out of place," on globalized diets depleted of certain chemicals that triggered adaptive responses in our ancestors. In Why Some Like It Hot, an award-winning natural historian takes us on a culinary odyssey to solve the puzzles posed by "the ghosts of evolution" hidden within every culture and its traditional cuisine. As we travel with Nabhan from Java and Bali to Crete and Sardinia, to Hawaii and Mexico, we learn how various ethnic cuisines formerly protected their traditional consumers from both infectious and nutrition-related diseases. We also bear witness to the tragic consequences of the loss of traditional foods, from adult-onset diabetes running rampant among 100 million indigenous peoples to the historic rise in heart disease among individuals of northern European descent. In this, the most insightful and far-reaching book of his career, Nabhan offers us a view of genes, diets, ethnicity, and place that will forever change the way we understand human health and cultural diversity. This book marks the dawning of evolutionary gastronomy in a way that may save and enrich millions of lives.

Lebens Mittel

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641034884
Format: PDF
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Ein Plädoyer gegen synthetische Nahrung und das Geschäft mit Ergänzungsstoffen. „Je mehr wir uns über Ernährung Sorgen machen, desto weniger gesund werden wir“, schreibt Michael Pollan. Er reduziert seine Ernährungstipps auf den Satz: „Esst Nahrung, nicht zu viel und überwiegend Pflanzen“ und plädiert im Übrigen dafür, das Essen dem gesunden Menschenverstand zu überlassen. Ein vergnüglicher Antiratgeber, der auf erfrischende Weise gegen den Strich gebürstet ist. Er macht Schluss mit dem Diätenwahn und gibt uns endlich die Lust am Essen zurück.

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society

Author: Paul Robbins
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452265585
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Encyclopedia of Environment and Society brings together multiplying issues, concepts, theories, examples, problems, and policies, with the goal of clearly explicating an emerging way of thinking about people and nature. With more than 1,200 entries written by experts from incredibly diverse fields, this innovative resource is a first step toward diving into the deep pool of emerging knowledge. The five volumes of this Encyclopedia represent more than a catalogue of terms. Rather, they capture the spirit of the moment, a fascinating time when global warming and genetic engineering represent only two of the most obvious examples of socio-environmental issues.

Teaching Food and Culture

Author: Candice Lowe Swift
Publisher: Left Coast Press
ISBN: 1629581275
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A group of experienced, innovative teachers explore methods of teaching about food and using food to teach the basics of various disciplines.

Routledge Handbook of Body Studies

Author: Bryan S Turner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136903313
Format: PDF
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In the last three decades, the human body has gained increasing prominence in contemporary political debates, and it has become a central topic of modern social sciences and humanities. Modern technologies – such as organ transplants, stem-cell research, nanotechnology, cosmetic surgery and cryonics – have changed how we think about the body. In this collection of thirty original essays by leading figures in the field, these issues are explored across a number of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, including pragmatism, feminism, queer theory, post-modernism, post-humanism, cultural sociology, philosophy and anthropology. A wide range of case studies, which include cosmetics, diet, organ transplants, racial bodies, masculinity and sexuality, eating disorders, religion and the sacred body, and disability, are used to appraise these different perspectives. In addition, this Handbook explores various epistemological approaches to the basic question: what is a body? It also offers a strongly themed range of chapters on empirical topics that are organized around religion, medicine, gender, technology and consumption. It also contributes to the debate over the globalization of the body: how have military technology, modern medicine, sport and consumption led to this contemporary obsession with matters corporeal? The Handbook’s clear, direct style will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience in the social sciences, particularly for those studying medical sociology, gender studies, sports studies, disability studies, social gerontology, or the sociology of religion. It will serve to consolidate the new field of body studies.

Gary Paul Nabhan

Author: Gioia Woods
Publisher: Boise State Univ
ISBN:
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"Biography and literary criticism of ecologist and author Gary Paul Nabhan (b. 1952)"--Provided by publisher.

Jamaican Food

Author: B. W. Higman
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
ISBN:
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Why people eat what they do and how they prepare it is an important means of studying a culture. This work reveals food and cultural practices in Jamaica from the time of the earliest Taino inhabitants through the introduction of different foodways by enslaved cultures, to creole adaptations to the fast-food phenomena.

Positive Ecology

Author: Gerald Schmidt
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754646020
Format: PDF
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While newspapers and other popular media tend to focus on the negative aspects of environmental change, this volume examines the alternative notion of 'positive ecology'. It provides an original and previously undervalued approach to sustainability, and suggests that work towards sustainability is not only a necessity for our children's future, but necessary, sensible and meaningful in the present.