By Elspeth Probyn
In Carnal Appetites, Elspeth Probyn charts the explosion of curiosity in nutrition - from the cults that spring up round superstar cooks, to our love/hate courting with speedy meals, our fetishization of meals and intercourse, and the effect of our modes of intake on our identities. 'You are what you consume' the asserting is going, yet is the guideline more true than ever? because the variety of nutrition recommendations proliferates within the West, our nutrition offerings turn into inextricably associated with our lives and life. Probyn additionally tackles matters that difficulty society, asking questions about the character of urge for food, hope, greed and enjoyment, and laying off gentle on topics together with: quick foodstuff, vegetarianism, meals intercourse, cannibalism, pressured feeding, and fats politics.
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