Israeli academic Yuval Noah Harari explains in his book Sapiens — a Brief History of Humankind that our present human species got ahead of all other animals after the discovery of fire. This allowed us to cook and therefore digest food quicker which in turn allowed our stomachs to become smaller and our brains bigger — underlining the argument that the less time spent thinking and dealing with food a cleverer a society becomes. In our work, many of us would have sat through excruciatingly tedious banquets being lectured on the exotic cuisine and ancient and glorious civilisation from which its comes. These are often poor, corrupt and violent countries. Japan, however, that invented fast food Sushi in the late 19th Century became the first Asian nation to defeat a European one — Russia — at Port Arthur in 1905. And America which began mainlining fast food into its national culture in the 1920s quickly became the global super power. Come to think of it, I can’t remember that nugget of the American dream Jack Bauer from 24 ever eating at all.