Good Food is a Social Matter

“We appear to be capable of eating (and liking) just about anything that is not immediately toxic. What constitutes ‘good food,’ like what constitutes good weather, a good spouse, or a fulfilling life, is a social, not a biological matter.” – Sidney Mintz, writing in “Sweetness and Power.” The renowned cultural anthropologist died recently at age 93. He analysed how the British consumption of sugar is linked to the history of slavery, capitalism and imperialism.

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