How We Eat: Appetite, Culture, and the Psychology of Food Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Tracing culinary customs from the Stone Age to the stovetop range, from the raw to the nuked, this book elucidates the factors and myths shaping Americans' eating habits. The diversity of food habits and rituals is considered from a psychological perspective. Explored are questions such as 'Why does the working class prefer sweet drinks over bitter?', 'Why do the affluent tend to roast their potatoes?', and 'What is so comforting about macaroni and cheese anyway?'
The many contradictions of Americans' relationships with food are identified: food is both a primal source of sensual pleasure and a major cultural anxiety; Americans adore celebrity chefs, but no one cooks at home anymore; the gourmet health food industry is soaring, yet a longtime love affair with fast food endures. The future of food is also covered, including speculation about whether traditional meals will one day evolve into the mere popping of a nutrition capsule.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 24 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 11, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #278,409 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#283 in Agricultural & Food Sciences
#298 in Gastronomy (Audible Books & Originals)
#657 in Social Psychology
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the title itself is accurate in that the author addresses very well all the aspects of food in our habits, culture, perspective, history etc of food. it's hard to find good books on 'nutritional anthropology' (a narrow topic) but this does a good job.
if you're a foodie especially, or even if you're into anthropology or psychology in general, you'll like this book.
Unfortunately there is not much else to recommend, as the work is mostly derivative. Apparently our author has read Counihan and Van Esterik's _Food and Culture_ reader; a lot of what he mentions comes from essays they included there. Rappoport's summaries of these and other works and thinkers are somewhat lacking in detail and finesse: occasionally he's even downright wrong. He tends to present his findings as bald-faced assertions, lacking nuance, and doesn't provide any particularly interesting or insightful information that hasn't been said, many times before, elsewhere.
A decent read but lacking in detail and originality. On the whole one gets the impression that the author has undertaken a somewhat limited survey of part of the literature in the domain under consideration, and quickly written a book on the results, without the intervention of considered thought in between. A reasonable effort, but with nothing new to report. Not recommended.
Realized it’s used. Gross