The ‘Driving Force’ is Food

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“In all the controversies over what the causes of diversities might be, no one seems to have paid much attention to the factor in the environment that has the most obvious effect on any organism: food”.
Michael Crawford & David Marsh. The Driving Force: Food, Evolution and the Future (1989)

Ancient wisdom

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“What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.”
Lucretius (96 BC – 55 BC)
Roman Epicurean poet, philosopher and scientist

Berry Booster

Eating berries may benefit the ageing brain by affecting signalling pathways involved in cellular communication and in the prevention of inflammation and neuronal damage.

(Miller MG et al. Berry fruit enhances beneficial signalling in the brain, J Agric Food Chem. 2012)

Cooking

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”

Julia Child (1912 – 2004), American chef, author

For breakfast or a snack, all you need is an avocado and a spoon…

“The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.” David Fairchild (1869-1954), an American botanist and plant explorer who supervised the introduction of over 20,000 exotic plants and varieties of established crops into the US.

Food Philosophy

“When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It’s also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be.”
Molly Wizenberg, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, 2009

Food History

Paleolithic humans have long been considered predominantly carnivorous. However, grain residues on grinding stones recently discovered at three different archaeological sites suggests that starchy grains were already being processed around 30,000 years ago in Europe.

Food Quote

“Man is what he eats.”
Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach (1804 – 1872), German philosopher and anthropologist

Food Quote

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”

Julia Child (1912 – 2004), American chef, author

Fermented Foods

More than 3,500 fermented foods and beverages (milk, vegetable or fruit based) are produced worldwide, primarily in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Fermentation is the ancient and economical art of preserving food through the action of lactic acid bacteria, yeasts and their enzymes. Fermented foods are easy to digest, nutritious and associated with significant health benefits.

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