Food diary: keep diary for 3 days, one of which is a weekend. Different meals: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, coffee/tea, dinner, after-dinner snack, etc. Record: what you ate, list of ingredients, place of origin, when/where did you eat it, how long did the meal last, whom did you share the meal with (if anyone), nutritional data. Write at least one paragraph of reflections on your food habits-- patterns, surprises, thoughts. Mintz: 5 themes (capitalism, markets, tastes, trade, class relations) Food taboos connected to closeness to humans. The biggest question is of the rise of the west. He is interested in this big question in a very central way in his book. Wallerstein"s question is posed in an inherently comparative way. It would seem to imply that you should know what happened outside the west in order to answer that question. But the traditional answers have focused almost exclusively on internal issues within.