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Absolutely fascinating (Nigella Lawson)
Cooking completely transformed the human race, allowing us to live on the ground, develop bigger brains and smaller mouths, and invent specialized sex roles. This notion is surprising, fresh and, in the hands of Richard Wrangham, utterly persuasive. He brings to bear evidence from chimpanzees, fossils, food labs, and dieticians. Big, new ideas do not come along often in evolution these days, but this is one (Matt Ridley, author of Genome and The Agile Gene)
A feast of new ideas on human evolution (Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought)
In modern times we are all obsessed with how to cook, but this book answers the much deeper question of why we cook, and in doing so highlights the fact that what has become an art form, was at it's inception the driving force for us, humans-to-be, becoming the dominant species on the planet.
Wrangham's explanations are always thorough without feeling like you're swimming through treacle. They are simple, logical and compelling, whilst answering some of the biggest questions out there.
At a time when less people are cooking, this book gently reminds us that we in the developed world are walking away from the very thing that made us what we are, and we should squander this defining skill at our own peril.(Allegra McEvedy, founder of LEON)
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 human brain 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
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Descripción Profile Books, 2009. Paperback. Condición: New. Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human Brand new item sourced directly from publisher. Packed securely in tight packaging to ensure no damage. Shipped from warehouse on same/next day basis. Nº de ref. del artículo: 1111-9781846682858
Descripción Basic Books, 2009. Condición: New. book. Nº de ref. del artículo: M1846682851