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Let the Meatballs RestAnd Other Stories About Food and Culture$
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Massimo Montanari

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157339

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157339.001.0001

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The Status of Foods

The Status of Foods

(p.12) Two The Status of Foods
Let the Meatballs Rest

Massimo Montanari

, Beth Archer Brombert
Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses society's culinary shift from hunter to peasant, and the ways in which an agricultural society has come to define larger historical, political, and cultural dimensions; such as the differing dietary concerns between the rich and the poor, the character of a region's food, and so on. The biblical stories of Cain and Abel, and Esau and Jacob illustrate the preference for agriculture, for food grown rather than hunted—though beneath the seemingly peaceful and placid nature of agriculture are undercurrents of violence. Agriculture is aggressive and invasive; it modifies the environment, alters the landscape. The farmer appropriates space in forests and displaces those who use them.

Keywords:   agricultural society, agriculture, hunter, peasant, food, forests, environment

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