The Ape and the Sushi Master

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First US edition (publ. Basic Books)

The Ape and the Sushi Master is a popular science book by Frans de Waal. It is an overview of animal behavior and psychology, with an emphasis on primates.

It places a special emphasis on the anthropomorphological traits of primates of several different species.[1][2] It also includes a short history of anthropomorphology and some of that field's pioneers. The title is meant to reflect an analogy between how primates learn and the cultural process of how sushi-making skills are passed down from master to apprentice.

Publication data[edit]

  • de Waal, Frans (2001). The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections by a Primatologist (1st ed.). New York: Basic Books. ISBN 978-0465041756.[3]


  1. ^ Foster, Douglas (8 April 2001). "Review of The Ape and the Sushi Master". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Haviland, William A.; Harald E. L. Prins; Dana Walrath; Bunny McBride (2010). Anthropology : the human challenge (13th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage. p. 75. ISBN 9780495810841.
  3. ^ McKie, Robin (24 June 2001). "Review of The Ape and the Sushi Master". The Guardian.