Kristine George – The element of choice in Food culture

Harris, Marvin. Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985. 13-18. Print.

Why do people choose to eat what they do, spurning certain foods and worshipping others? Biologically speaking, the human species has a wide variety of food groups that are edible and available. But certain cultures have their own preferred fare and taboo foods which define them. Anthropologists believe that there is a reason behind every choice that humans make including food habits. There are many factors which affect the feasibility of a certain food including flavour profile, ease of production and nutritional value.
There are schools of thought that posit that food has more to do with enlightenment than nourishment and that food must nourish the mind before it fills the stomach. But the vast sections of starving people present in almost all nations would surely tell a different story. The option of ingesting food that pleases the aesthetic sensibilities is only open to the upper echelons of society. The poor don’t entertain the idea of ‘taste’; for them, physical hunger ranks higher than intellectual nutrition.
Choice is a very important element in the subculture of hipster food. What makes it unique is what foods are included and what are not. As this book is over three decades old, the concepts and ideas presented in it maybe dated in nature, but the researcher believes that it is relevant to the chosen research area.


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