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Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human


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In this stunningly original book, Richard Wrangham argues that it was cooking that caused the extraordinary transformation of our ancestors from apelike beings to Homo erectus. At the heart of Catching Fire lies an explosive new idea: The habit of eating cooked rather than raw food permitted the digestive tract to shrink and the humanbrain to grow, helped structure human society, and created the male-female division of labour. As our ancestors adapted to using fire, humans emerged as the cooking apes.Covering everything from food-labelling and overweight pets to raw-food faddists, Catching Fire offers a startlingly original argument about how we came to be the social, intelligent, and sexual species we are today.This notion is surprising, fresh and, in the hands of Richard Wrangham, utterly persuasive Big, new ideas do not come along often in evolution these days, but this is one. Matt Ridley, author of Genome

Table of Contents

Introduction : the cooking hypothesis — Quest for raw-foodists — The cook's body — The energy theory of cooking — When cooking began — Brain foods — How cooking frees men — The married cook — The cook's journey — Epilogue : the well-informed cook.

Product Details

Profile Books
Non-Classifiable : Non-Classifiable
Wrangham, Richard
Publication Date:
August 2010

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking
Health and Self-Help » Safety » Fire
Reference » Science Reference » General
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science
Young Adult » General

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