How many times have you read something like the following?
I've read variations on that theme so often, I assumed it must be (at least partially) true during the early stages of the agricultural revolution. (The above quote is from a recent, bestselling book by Yuval Noah Harari)
In a post a few days ago, Rachael Laudan makes a compelling case against this conventional wisdom. In short she challenges the way anthropologists and other researchers classified "work" for hunger-gatherers vs. agriculturalists. It seems, these researchers didn't take food processing into account.
She re-visits the supposedly lax lives of hunter-gathers, focusing in the following passage on what it takes to turn collected nuts into food (i.e., food processing).
There's a lot more at the original post.
It's sometimes said that sacred cows make the tastiest burgers.