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PIG PORK - Archaeology Zoology and Edibility

Pía Spry-Marqués

Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma

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Pigs unite and divide people, but why? Pig/Pork explores the  love-hate relationship between humans and pigs through the lenses of  archaeology, biology, history and gastronomy, providing a close and  affectionate look of the myriad causes underlying this singular,  multi-millennial bond. 
   
  What is it that people in all four  corners of the world find so fascinating about the pig? When did the  human obsession with pigs begin, how did it develop through time, and  where is it heading? Why are pigs so special to some of us, but not to  others? Pig/Pork sets out to answer these and other  porcine-related questions, examining human-pig interactions across the  globe through time, from the Palaeolithic to the present day. The book  dissects pig anatomy and behaviour, and describes how this knowledge  plays a major role in the advance of the agricultural and medical  sciences, among others. The book also looks closely at the history of  pig-human interaction; how they were domesticated and when, how they  affected human history through their diseases, and how they have been  involved in centuries of human conflicts, with particular reference to  the story of the Iberian Jews and Muslims at the time of the  Inquisition. The book goes on to look at how pigs' characteristics and  our relationship with them have combined to produce many of the world's  great dishes. All this is accompanied by a liberal peppering of pork  recipes and the stories behind them, along with facts, wisdom and porker  lore, providing a thought-provoking account of where our food comes  from, both historically and agriculturally, and how this continues to  influence many parts of our behaviour and culture.

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