The International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition promotes cross-disciplinary discussion by bringing together contributors from different sub-disciplines within Anthropology and beyond from other disciplines in conferences on food-related topics. The chapters in this volume arise from such a conference, entitled, Birds as Food: Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Aspects, which was held in Sopron, Hungary, in the summer of 2012.
We thought that a free e-book would be an excellent sustainable tool to communicate science in a world where the access to expensive books and journals remains a serious problem for too many students and citizens. For this reason, we chose a format that was easy to use and allowed full colour illustrations and a font size that made the print clearly readable even on a small tablet.
Of priority, the editors wish to thank Wulf Schiefenhövel and Georg Bohák who, so successfully, organised the Sopron conference, and especially we thank Wulf Schiefenhövel who stimulated and received the earliest written texts. The Hungarian-German Foundation, Pro Lingua et Cultura Germanica, The Austrian Ethnomedical Society, The Bonafarm Group of Hungary, The Institute for Animal Sciences in the University of West Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár, and the Hotel Pannoniamed, Sopron, are thanked for supporting the conference in various ways. We are most grateful to all the contributors for their papers and for their patience with our comments and the many delays in finalising this electronic book. Last but not least we thank the two referees for their positive support for the book and the many constructive points that they made.
We hope that readers enjoy the result.
HM and FD