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Catching fire : how cooking made us human

Author: Richard W Wrangham
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Primatologist Richard Wrangham argues that "cooking" created the human race. At the heart of "Catching Fire" lies the idea that 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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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard W Wrangham
ISBN: 9780465013623 0465013627
OCLC Number: 246894496
Awards: Shortlisted for BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2010.
Description: v, 309 p. ; 22 cm.
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.
Other Titles: How cooking made us human
Responsibility: Richard Wrangham.

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Primatologist Richard Wrangham argues that "cooking" created the human race. At the heart of "Catching Fire" lies the idea that 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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