In the post, biologist and science writer Rob Dunn suggests that when healthy eating is calibrated to the past, it's too often to a relatively recent period of time. More helpful, he believes, would be to "understand the diet of our ancestors during the time when the main features of our guts, and their magical abilities to turn food into life, evolved." This means looking back at monkeys and apes of the past, our primate relatives who, Dunn says, ate a great deal of fruits, leaves, nuts and vegetables, with the occasional protein snack (insects or small animals) thrown in.
In other words, with a tweak of the evolutionary time scale, a primate past comes into focus that is essentially vegetarian.
that's from an npr blog road by barbara j. king. and i enjoyed reading it. i did not enjoy reading jessica stoller-conrad's npr post about community cookbooks, specifically this section:
However, church ladies weren't the only ones to communicate through cookbooks. In 1886, a group of politically progressive women in Massachusetts compiled The Woman Suffrage Cookbook, to be sold at the Boston Festival and Bazaar. It was created to raise funds for their municipal suffrage campaign, but also as a means to spread the group's agenda.
"It was an innocuous way to spread their message. It was just a cookbook at a festival ... it made it OK for people who wouldn't have engaged with their cause otherwise," says Emily Contois, public health nutritionist and food blogger.
Contois points out that provocative recipe titles like Mrs. Mary F. Curtiss' Rebel Soup and Miss M.A. Hill's Mother's Election Cake announced the politics of the women represented in the cookbook, many of whom were doctors, lawyers, teachers, and authors.
oh, yes, it was the church women and those 'godless' feminists! damn feminists!
during this time period, elizabeth cady stanton had written the two-part 'the women's bible.'
those feminists were generally religious women.
i don't like stereotypes and i doubt jessica stoller-conrad thought she was doing anything insulting. i'm sure she thought 'yea, we're not church women!'
but those early suffragettes usually were.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'