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Food Preferences and Taste : Continuity and Change - Helen Macbeth

Food Preferences and Taste

Continuity and Change


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Food preferences and tastes are among the fundamentals affecting human existence; the sociocultural, physiological and neurological factors involved have therefore been widely researched and are well documented. However, information and debate on these factors are scattered across the academic literature of different disciplines. In this volume cross-disciplinary perspectives are brought together by an international team of contributors that includes social and biological anthropologists, ethologists and ethnologists, psychologists, neurologists and zoologists in order to provide access to the different specialisms on the topic. Helen Macbeth is chair of ICAF (Europe) and Honorary Research Fellow of the Anthropology Department, Oxford Brookes University.

List of Figures and Maps
List of Tables
Food Preferences and Taste: An Introductionp. 1
Primate Models for Taste and Food Preferencesp. 15
Food Preferences in Neotropical Primates in Relation to Taste Sensitivityp. 27
Neural Processing Underlying Food Selectionp. 39
Good Taste and Bad Taste: Preferences and Aversions as Biological Principlesp. 55
Disgust: The Cultural Evolution of a Food-based Emotionp. 65
Wild Plants as Famine Foods: Food Choice Under Conditions of Scarcityp. 83
Three Centuries of Changing European Tastes for the Potatop. 101
The Pathways of Taste: The West Anadalucian Casep. 115
Evolution in Eating Habits in the Alto Douro of Northern Portugalp. 127
Nationality and Food Preferences in the Cerdanya Valley, Eastern Pyreneesp. 139
Breaking the Rules: Changes in Food Acceptability among the Tharu of Nepalp. 155
Choices of Food and Cuisine in the Concept of Social Space among the Yao of Thailandp. 167
Taste and Embodiment: The Food Preferences of Iranians in Britainp. 175
Food Preferences and Taste in an African Perspective: A Word of Cautionp. 187
Notes on Contributorsp. 208
Indexp. 212
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ISBN: 9781571819581
ISBN-10: 1571819584
Series: Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 17th November 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.42