Food & Culture. Diet is influenced by biological, environmental and cultural factors. Eating as a Biological Act. Eating is deeply rooted in nature Diet must provide enough energy & essential nutrients for group’s members to survive & reproduce
*Pollan, Michael (2006). The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin Press.
*Pollan, Michael (2008). In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press.
“For a community’s food preferences...represent one of the strongest social glues we have. Historically, national cuisines have been remarkably stable and resistant to change, which is why the immigrant’s refrigerator is the very last place to look for signs of assimilation” (Pollan, 2006:295)
“Instead of relying on the accumulated wisdom of a cuisine, or even on the wisdom of our senses, we rely on expert opinion, advertising, government food pyramids, and diet books, and we place our faith in science to sort out for us what culture once did with rather more success”