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Catching Fire

How Cooking Made Us Human
Wrangham, Richard W. (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Catching Fire


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In this stunningly original book, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham argues that "cooking" created the human race. 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 labor.
Authors: Wrangham, Richard W., 1948-
Title: Catching fire
how cooking made us human
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, c2009
Characteristics: v, 309 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Wrangham
Contents: 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
The well-informed cook
Summary: In this stunningly original book, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham argues that "cooking" created the human race. 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 labor.
Alternate Title: How cooking made us human
ISBN: 9780465020416
0465020410
9780465013623
0465013627
Branch Call Number: 394.12 W941c 2009
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Report This Nov 28, 2013
  • no2squaredrive rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A prefound new insight into evolution of humans and the precurser species. And it helps explain the inequlity in the division of labor between the two genders.

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  • ser_library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have been recommending this book widely and look forward to discussing it with someone.

Report This Feb 24, 2010
  • elf23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book. Thought provoking and well written.

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