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January 25, 2012

Cavemen, Monks, and Slow Food

cavemen monks slow foodNow there’s a title that makes you stop and take a second look, right?  Thankfully I did when I stumbled upon this book and, figuring I needed a little new year’s reading material, picked up a copy.  As the title itself says, this book takes a look at why we eat the things we do, why we crave certain items more than others, and how food, and the abundance or lack of it over time, has played a central role in developing Western culture. 

Let’s be honest, a book of this magnatude which starts with cavemen and their relationship with food and goes through to the modern day has the potential to be overwhelming and slow as molasses to read.  Author Devra Gartenstein, a small food entrepreneur herself, does an incredible job of taking readers through the entire human timeline and uses clear examples to show how food has played a role in our biological makeup, how it has impacted and helped change our cultures, and, in some cases, how some of the cultural norms we take for granted today were actually set in motion milleniums ago.  Despite the fact that the author has obviously done extensive research on the topic, she is able to present the material in an easy-to-read format that will literally make you want to stop a stranger on the street to share some of the facts you’ve discovered.

If you love food or you love history, I can’t recommend this book enough.  Luckily, it’s available on Amazon for $12.95 or for e-readers for just $3.99.

As always, this is not a paid product review and the aforementioned book was purchased by the author.

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