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ori­gins in a thought­ful, schol­arly work that will not nec­es­sar­ily please Chris­tians when they find that this ex­hil­a­rat­ing, blood­thirsty fairy tale is an up­grade of an old yarn found in Jewish folk­lore seven cen­turies pre­vi­ously, of whichChrist is merely a con­ve­nient prophecy ful­fil­ment. That our waist­lines have ex­panded along with the cof­fers of the diet Gestapo is wor­thy of in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Jowitt’s break­neck romp through the his­tory of di­ets is far re­moved from the grave tones of Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Na­tion, but her com­pre­hen­sively re­searched mes­sage, de­liv­ered with a volup­tuous wit, is a se­ri­ous anal­y­sis ofhu­man­foibles and the cyn­i­cism of the food and diet in­dus­try.

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