100 Million Years of Food

100 Million Years of Food

What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Traces the development of regional cuisines, created through millennia of ingenious experiments using available plants and animals, to argue that returning to ancestral ways of eating is the first line of defense in protecting health.
Publisher: New York :, Picador,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250050410
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : what should we eat and how should we live?
The irony of insects
The games fruits play
The temptation of meat
The paradox of fish
The empire of starches
Elixirs
A truce among thieves
The calorie conundrum
The future of food
Rules to eat and live by.
Summary: Traces the development of regional cuisines, created through millennia of ingenious experiments using available plants and animals, to argue that returning to ancestral ways of eating is the first line of defense in protecting health.

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bhg0010
Feb 17, 2018

The book takes a complex look at various diets throughout traditional cultures all around the world. Unfortunately, it's lacking in detail in a bunch of areas, and the results that it does report are usually contradictory. Some traditional diets crammed full of meat do very well. Others are based heavily on certain plans and also seem to work fine. I wish that the author would've been more cautious and just admitted that there's plenty science still does not know. The book is interesting but seems pretty incomplete.

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callig
Aug 23, 2016

The book wanders through the world and thru his subject, apparently at random, which frustrated me. But there's so much information that it's worth ones patience.
It was for instance, amusing to learn that caloric restriction cuts [only male?] sex drive. [Giggle.]. Having tried caloric restriction i can say it was a big disappointment- i didn't slim, but didn't lose libido either.

His conclusion that the Ornish diet [basically identical to the Okinawa diet] is best [for longevity] seems sensible, if unwelcome [it's bland so it must be good for you!]

He criticizes omega3 oils, zinc, and calcium, which is odd, and apparently a contrarian position. Is he right? I wouldn't know: diet is right up there with religion and politics for contentiousness.

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JLMason
Jul 07, 2016

An interesting read on the always trendy topic of what lifestyle and nutrition choices we can make to live long, healthy lives. Turns out it's not simple: we need to make tradeoffs, it can depend on our heritage, and our choices change as we age. The author's impish humour and fearless gastronomic adventures add to the entertainment. Dancing an Argentinian tango in Vietnam? LOL.

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JHCL
Apr 18, 2016

Fascinating. Some of what is in here you already heard about but this author goes into enough depth that it is not repetition to what most of all already know. A bit 'shopping listy' at times. Well recounted and with anecdotes and personal storytelling added in to what otherwise might not be that interesting a topic.

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