Download e-book for kindle: Dinner with Darwin: Food, Drink, and Evolution by Jonathan Silvertown

By Jonathan Silvertown

ISBN-10: 022624539X

ISBN-13: 9780226245393

What do eggs, flour, and milk have in universal? They shape the foundation of waffles, in fact, yet those staples of breakfast bounty additionally percentage an evolutionary functionality: eggs, seeds (from which we derive flour via grinding), and milk have every one developed to nourish offspring. certainly, think about the genesis of your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you’ll quickly detect that every thing we devour and drink has an evolutionary heritage. In Dinner with Darwin, subscribe to Jonathan Silvertown for a multicourse meal of evolutionary gastronomy, a tantalizing journey of human style that is helping us to appreciate the origins of our diets and the meals which have been valuable to them for millennia—from spices to spirits.

A delectable concoction of coevolution and cookery, intestine microbiomes and microherbs, and either the chook and its egg, Dinner with Darwin finds that our purchasing lists, recipe playing cards, and eating place menus don’t simply comprise the materials for culinary pride. in addition they inform a desirable tale approximately usual choice and its impression on our plates—and palates. Digging deeper, Silvertown’s repast comprises entrées into GMOs and hybrids, and appears on the technology of our sensory interactions with meals and cooking—the attractions, aromas, and tastes we event in our kitchens and eating rooms. As is the wont of any precise chef, Silvertown packs his menu with eclectic elements, dishing on every thing from Charles Darwin’s intestinal maladies to soft palate anatomy and turducken.

Our evolutionary dating with foods and drinks stretches from the times of cooking cave dwellers to modern crêperies and past, and Dinner with Darwin serves up scintillating perception into the full, outstanding span. This dinner party of soup, technology, and human society is one to relish. With a wit as dry as an excellent pinot noir and a cache of evolutionary wisdom as colossal because the such a lot discerning connoisseur’s wine cellar, Silvertown whets our appetites—and leaves us hungry for more.

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