Catching fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution. when our ancestors adapted to using fire, humanity began.” (from the book)

This book is fascinating. I’ve not read much in the way of cooking history before, so I thought I’d start with our first ancestors at the beginning of it all. Catching Fire is easy to read, clear in its complex ideas, and fascinating.

We have 2 copies of this book. One in print on the 4th floor at GN799 .F6 W73 2009 and the other copy online.

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