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Delicious

The Evolution of Flavor and How It Made Us Human

by Monica Sanchez and Rob Dunn
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/06/2021
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A savory account of how the pursuit of delicious foods shaped human evolution

Nature, it has been said, invites us to eat by appetite and rewards by flavor. But what exactly are flavors? Why are some so pleasing while others are not? Delicious is a supremely entertaining foray into the heart of such questions.

With generous helpings of warmth and wit, Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez offer bold new perspectives on why food is enjoyable and how the pursuit of delicious flavors has guided the course of human history. They consider the role that flavor may have played in the invention of the first tools, the extinction of giant mammals, the evolution of the world's most delicious and fatty fruits, the creation of beer, and our own sociality. Along the way, you will learn about the taste receptors you didn't even know you had, the best way to ferment a mastodon, the relationship between Paleolithic art and cheese, and much more.

Blending irresistible storytelling with the latest science, Delicious is a deep history of flavor that will transform the way you think about human evolution and the gustatory pleasures of the foods we eat.

ISBN:
9780691199474
9780691199474
Category:
Human biology
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-06-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
222x141x27.71mm
Weight:
0.42kg
Rob Dunn

Rob Dunn is a professor in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University and in the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen. He is also the author of five books.

He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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