By Elspeth Probyn
In Carnal Appetites, Elspeth Probyn charts the explosion of curiosity in nutrition - from the cults that spring up round star cooks, to our love/hate dating with quick nutrients, our fetishization of meals and intercourse, and the effect of our modes of intake on our identities. 'You are what you devour' the announcing is going, yet is the guiding principle more true than ever? because the variety of foodstuff recommendations proliferates within the West, our meals offerings turn into inextricably associated with our lives and existence. Probyn additionally tackles matters that difficulty society, asking questions on the character of urge for food, wish, greed and enjoyment, and laying off gentle on matters together with: quickly nutrition, vegetarianism, nutrients intercourse, cannibalism, compelled feeding, and fats politics.
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Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentities by Elspeth Probyn