Chicago University Press, September 2017

Chicago University Press, September 2017

Dinner with Darwin

What do eggs, flour, and milk have in common? They form the basis of waffles, of course, but these staples of breakfast bounty also share an evolutionary function: eggs, seeds (from which we derive flour by grinding), and milk have each evolved to nourish offspring. Indeed, ponder the genesis of your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you’ll soon realise that everything we eat and drink has an evolutionary history. In Dinner with Darwin, join Jonathan Silvertown for a multi-course meal of evolutionary gastronomy, a tantalising tour of human taste that helps us to understand the origins of our diets and the foods that have been central to them for millennia—from spices to spirits.