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Zinc

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...In 1869, J. Raulin showed for the first time that zinc is a growth factor for Aspergilus niger. Then, in 1926, it was discovered that zinc is essential for higher plants (Sommer and Lipman 1926). The importance of zinc in the growth...

Barley

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...That people do not live “by bread alone” is emphatically demonstrated by the domestication of a range of foodstuffs and the cultural diversity of food combinations and preparations. But even though many...

Vegetarianism, Heresy, and Asceticism in Late Ancient Christianity

Eating and Believing : Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Vegetarianism and Theology

A Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...An analysis of early Christian discourse on vegetarianism will challenge even the most patient reader. This is not because the sources are lacking, the discussions tedious, or the topic marginal. On the contrary, the sources are numerous...

It is Ritual, isn’t it? Mortuary and Feasting Practices at Domuztepe

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Introduction Archaeologists tend to categorize ritual and domestic activities as separate, discrete, even opposing spheres even though it is widely acknowledged that such a total separation...

Food and Diet in the Priestly Material of the Pentateuch

Eating and Believing : Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Vegetarianism and Theology

A Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...When a biblical scholar such as myself is asked to contribute to a discussion of vegetarianism, it is not surprising that the instinct is to turn to the so-called priestly material in the Pentateuch. It will become clear that I...

Wheat

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...Wheat, a grass that today feeds 35 percent of the earth’s population, appeared as a crop among the world’s first farmers 10,000 years ago. It increased in importance from its initial role as a major food for Mediterranean peoples in the Old...

The Assyrians and Achaemenid Persians: Empires of Feasting

Kaori O’Connor

Kaori O’Connor is an anthropologist at University College London (UCL), UK. Holding degrees in anthropology from Reed College, Oxford University and UCL, she has written widely on the anthropology of food, won the prestigious Sophie Coe Prize for Food History in 2009 and is a frequent media commentator. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Never-Ending Feast : The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...I dug out a canal from the Upper Zab, cutting through a mountain at its peak … I irrigated the meadows of the Tigris and planted orchards with all kinds of fruit trees in its environs. I pressed wine and offered first fruit offerings...

Feasting on Locusts and Truffles in the Second Millennium bce

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Introduction In 1889 the founding father of the study of commensality, Robertson Smith, suggested that the act of eating and drinking together could create an atmosphere of mutual obligation among participants (Wright, 2010: 214a)....

Lentils: Fertile Crescent

Ken Albala

Ken Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific and chair of the Food Studies MA program in San Francisco. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beans : A History

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...The lentil is an ancient sentinel among beans, weathered, time-worn and tolerant of the harshest conditions. Without this lowly legume, the course of human history might have been entirely different. The lentil was among the very first...

Mesopotamia: The Pursuit of Abundance

Kaori O’Connor

Kaori O’Connor is an anthropologist at University College London (UCL), UK. Holding degrees in anthropology from Reed College, Oxford University and UCL, she has written widely on the anthropology of food, won the prestigious Sophie Coe Prize for Food History in 2009 and is a frequent media commentator. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Never-Ending Feast : The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...From the beginning, the Mesopotamians had a very clear idea of themselves, as their origin myths and literature show (Cohen 2007: 417; Black 2002). While savages went naked or wrapped themselves in animal skins, lived in the wilderness, ate...