Chicago University Press, September 2017

Chicago University Press, September 2017

Dinner with Darwin

From the opening course of oysters to the final swill of wine, Silvertown’s account of the evolution of our diet is a sumptuous experience. Dinner with Darwin combines natural history, biography, archaeology, and biology into food stories that will enlighten any meal
— Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

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.

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