Near A Thousand Tables Notes
Chapter 1: The Invention of Cooking The First Revolution A) The Transforming Fire: Oysters are odd among raw foods because cooking usually ruins them. In the vast span of human history, cooking is a late innovation, but
Week 11: Medicines, drugs, and poisons
What is a shaman?
How did humans first begin to learn about medicinal plants in their environment?
Describe the doctrine of signatures and why elements from this idea persist.
Why is it important to learn the plant f
Week 10: Beverages
What is caffeine, and how does it affect humans?
Describe coffee in terms of its botany, discovery by humans, early uses, and how it is
harvested and processed.
Describe tea in terms of its botany, origin stories, and how different type
Week 14: Wood, cork, and bamboo
What is wood, and how it is formed? Describe the production of secondary
vascular tissue in woody plants, and be able to label the major components of a
woody stem cross section.
What are tree rings and how are they formed?
Week 12: Herbs, spices, perfumes, and shea
What ecological roles do essential oils in plants play?
Describe the physiology of flavor perception.
What theories attempt to explain why humans began to add herbs and spices to
their food? What critiques and ev
Week 15: Future trends
Describe current agricultural trends with respect to agricultural extent, crop
yields, and crop use and allocation, as summarized by Foley et al.
Describe the four proposed strategies that Foley et al. suggest to improve our