Catching Fire

Catching Fire

How Cooking Made Us Human

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780786744787
0786744782
Characteristics: 1 online resource (v, 309 p.)
Alternative Title: How cooking made us human
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.

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1aa
Jun 28, 2016

Although its a relatively short book, its packed full of information and explicated so clearly that one cannot misunderstand it. Makes it clear that it was cooking that was perhaps the most important influencing factor in the evolution of humans and of civilization. Lengthy explanatory notes section, and a long bibliography. Even one uninterested in the topic can be made interested in it with this book.

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stewstealth
Mar 31, 2016

An interesting look at the premise that it was cooking that drove the change in Human evolution from our primate cousins. The book is well written and well researched. Well worth reading if you are interested.

LRS1969 May 07, 2015

Excellent book.

Based on archeological and anthropological research.

Develops one of the steps in the process of advancing a species of primate that eventually became human.

- Leaving the jungle environment where the primary food source was plant based by expanding out into the vast savannah grasslands.

- Switching to a diet that was very high in animal based foods (thereby providing for a major development in brain growth which allowed for higher thought processes AND providing much more energy than plant food equivalent which allowed more freedom of time for creativity).

- And developing the cooking of food (primarily animal based foods) which made the food more tasty, digestible, and bioavailabile thereby enhancing the advantages mentioned above.

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no2squaredrive
Sep 12, 2011

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.

ser_library Mar 20, 2011

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

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elf23
Feb 24, 2010

An excellent book.
Thought provoking and well written.

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