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Eat Like a Human


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Dr Bill Schindler is an internationally known prehistoric and experimental archaeologist and primitive technologist and currently teaches anthropology at Washington College, Maryland, where he founded and directs the Eastern Shore Food Lab, an innovative teaching and learning space dedicated to reconnecting people with their food and traditional and ancient foodways. His work is currently the focus of Wired magazine's YouTube series, Basic Instincts, and he co-starred in the National Geographic Channel series The Great Human Race. Dr Schindler's work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Baltimore Sun, The Times (UK), The Times (South Africa), The Irish Times, Tuko News (Kenya), The Daily Mirror (London), and The Japan Times, in addition to foreign language publications around the world.


If you are confused about what to eat, tossed about in the storm of conflicting dietary advice, Eat Like a Human provides a refreshing, unique perspective on the origins of the human diet, and how to design and prepare a varied inclusive diet of nutrient dense foods, often wild and weird, that extracts the most nutritional benefit through ancient cooking methods (and often ancient foods ignored today - insects anyone?). If you want to learn to be in right relationship to your body, nature and food, read this book!
Dr Bill Schindler is at the forefront of a small handful of intrepid researchers who have taken the deep insights of evolutionary science and wedded them to the practical (and critical) process of feeding ourselves, our families, and communities. Eat Like a Human is not "cave man reenactment" - it is a science-based approach to truly nourishing the human body, mind, and spirit.
From Samburu warriors in Africa drinking blood milkshakes, to highlanders in Peru dipping potatoes in a sauce made of clay, Eat Like a Human takes you on a fascinating journey of culinary traditions around the world. Dr Schindler explains why food preparation techniques are critical for obtaining the best possible nourishment for our food while providing delicious recipes acceptable to western palates. Eat Like a Human is a delightful read that serves as a practical road map to healthy eating.
Eat Like a Human will awake your latent hunter-gatherer. Dr Schindler shares his intriguing journey from 'hard core obsessive' to the realization that food is more than nutrition - it's also a cultural experience that is invaluable to our health and happiness. A lifetime of discovery and invaluable forgotten skills between two covers.
Dr Bill Schindler dives into ancestral foodways, into the archeology of food, in order to draw a better future for our health as well as the health of our planet. He doesn't just preach the change in our eating behaviour, he uses the world's simplest argument - eat like a human - to understand our DNA, our metabolic functions, and the evolution of our species in order to design a better, tastier, healthier and more egalitarian future.
Archaeology too often fails to explore what our ancestors ate, overlooking the most fundamental part of the story of human evolution. This adventure-rich masterpiece explores living guardians of ancient culinary wisdom, filling a much needed void that prods at the status quo of nutrition in a quietly powerful way.
Anthropologist Dr Bill Schindler offers sage eating advice and recipes from our ancestors. He encourages us to consider the cultural context of our consumption from surprising perspectives, with stories from his extensive travels to learn from indigenous peoples and their traditional diets. Bill invites us to eat dirt, not our greens; to reconsider nutrient-dense offal; and not to drink the USDA-recommended three glasses of milk a day, but to turn them into cheese instead!
Eat Like a Human had me on the edge of my seat from the first paragraph till the very end. In a world of processed food, deceptive marketing, and fad diets, this book is a true guide for living and eating! A powerful read and a wealth of invaluable knowledge from Dr Bill Schindler.
Since being in the food industry for more than forty years and owning a culinary school for twenty-five, few people have made such an impact on my philosophy of eating as Dr Bill Schindler. With his vast knowledge, he describes our nutritive past as humans. Through his huge charisma, he tells us what paths we can follow for the future, leaving the choice to us. * John Nocita, president, Italian Culinary Institute *

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