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Seed to Civilization

The Story of Food

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674865907

Publication Date: 08/06/1990

228 pages



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  • Preface to the 1990 Edition
  • 1. In the Beginning
  • 2. Seeds, Sex, and Sacrifice
  • 3. Eating to Live
  • 4. Meat: The Luxury Food
  • 5. Grasses: The Staff of Life
  • 6. Sugar
  • 7. Legumes: The Meat of the Poor
  • 8. The Starchy Staples
  • 9. Coconut: The Tree of Life
  • 10. Oils: Sunflower and Cotton
  • 11. To Complete the Meal
  • 12. Multiplier of the Harvest
  • 13. Let Them Eat Cake?
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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