Constructed universes  
Cross-cultural studies of dietary preferences reveal eloquently that the universes that human groups treat matter-of-factly as their 'natural environments' are clearly social symbolically constructed universes. What constitutes good weather, a good spouse, or a fulfilling life is a social, not a biological, matter. Good food, as Lévi Strauss suggested long ago, must be good to think about before it becomes good to eat."


"Most of us and our ancestors during the past ten or twelve thousand years have subsisted primarily on one sort of vegetable food."

pp. 8-9

Sidney W. Mintz. Sweetness and Power:The Place of Sugar in Modern History. (New York: Penguin, 1985.)