Nabhan, Gary Paul.

Why some like it hot : food, genes, and cultural diversity / Gary Paul Nabhan. - Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, c2004. - 233 p. ; 22 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-223) and index.

Introduction -- Ch. 1. Discerning the histories encoded in our bodies -- Ch. 2. -- Searching for the ancestral diet -- Did mitochondrial Eve and Java Man feast on the same foods? -- Ch. 3. Finding a bean for your genes and a buffer against malaria -- Ch. 4. The shaping and shipping away of Mediterranean cuisines --Ch . 5. Discovering why some don't like it hot -- Is it a matter of taste? -- Ch. 6. Dealing with migration headaches -- Should we change places, diets, or genes? -- Ch. 7. Rooting out the causes of disease -- Why diabetes is so common among desert dwellers -- Ch. 8 -- Reconnecting the health of the people with the health of the land -- How Hawaiians are curing themselves.

1559634669 (hbk.) 9781559634663 (hbk.)

Human population genetics.
Food preferences.
Ethnic groups.

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