The Omnivorous Ape


by Lyall Watson.Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, $5.95. The author seeks to account for human development and character by a study of mankind’s eating habits. Some of his notions—that cooking in hot springs may have preceded the use of fire, for instance—are persuasive, but too often he sees traces of primitive man in manifestations, like the deliberately underlit restaurant, which are quite recent fashions. His style is provocative: translation, smart-aleck.