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Food Really Is the Way to a Person's Heart

Food Really Is the Way to a Person's Heart

A new book, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, argues that hot food, and not sex, is the reason human beings originally paired up in domestic relationships.

According to author and Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham, early marriages were really a trade off for hot food (prepared by the women) and protection (provided by the men). Evidence from primitive societies, including the fact that society tolerated women sleeping around but ostracized them if they ever cooked for men besides their husbands, is used to support the conclusion.

It seems that a domestic convention that is considered backward today actually made us move forward evolutionarily. Let's hope modern men won't use this finding as a reason to expect women to do all the cooking!

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janneth janneth 6 years
Very interesting...
janneth janneth 6 years
Very interesting...
acyl acyl 6 years
Interesting....I heard about this book on NPR. Although I'm a sporadic cook...
danizzle danizzle 6 years
the fastest way to a mans heart is through his stomach!every man that i've ever kept full has kept me happy :)
danizzle danizzle 6 years
the fastest way to a mans heart is through his stomach! every man that i've ever kept full has kept me happy :)
runningesq runningesq 6 years
absolutely, cordata !
runningesq runningesq 6 years
absolutely, cordata !
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Interesting.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Interesting.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
So if I bake him a really fabulous pie, he'll be oblivious to my infidelity? Hm.The first time my boyfriend said 'I love you' was the day I baked him brownies, haha.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
So if I bake him a really fabulous pie, he'll be oblivious to my infidelity? Hm. The first time my boyfriend said 'I love you' was the day I baked him brownies, haha.
sparklestar sparklestar 6 years
Since I started cooking our meals I have noticed a change in his attitude towards me - it is warmer and more appreciative. I feel happy now I am cooking our meals and keeping us healthy. :)
cordata cordata 6 years
does heating food in the microwave count?
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