Read Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Online Free - The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside.
“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of our insides. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find names for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? We meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks—or has the courage—to ask. And we go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal.
Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
|Title||:||Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal|
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October 16, 2013
Updated 7/12/13 - added links to the New York Times Daily Show interview and the NY Times review
When it comes to literature about eating, science has been a little hard to hear amid the clamor of cuisine. Just as we adorn sex with the fancy gold-leaf filigree of love, so we dress the need for s...
May 05, 2015
I've finished the book. I'm left with the feeling that lies somewhere between TMI, an author's perverse, small-boy like joy in slightly shocking the adults by talking about farts and turds, and actually being interested in the transformation from a Michelin chef plate of food into, moments later,...
May 10, 2013
This is a journey of a different kind. Sort of like an Eat, Pray, Love for the digestively curious. So I guess that would make it Belch, Gurgle, Fart?
January 31, 2013
This is a book not to devour, but to take in small bites, slowly savoring and digesting every funny phrase and interesting fact.
This is only the first reviewer to use lots of bad puns. Be afraid. Be very afraid...
Update: I simply adored this book and found it to be very tasty--OK, so maybe parts...
June 11, 2013
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Roach truly is the funniest, best science writer I've ever had the pleasure to read. Her inquisitive mind doesn't always follow a linear path & the side tracks are illuminating.
"While a seaman might survive the suction and swallow, his...
August 25, 2013
I'm considering giving up on this book even though the topic is interesting. If only Mary Roach could restrain herself from quite so much levity. The jokes, asides, and snarky personal observations come on strong. They're constant, unrelenting, (somehwhat geeky humor) and are a distraction from o...
July 02, 2014
WARNING: Sometimes I have the mind of a 12 year old boy. Beware of reading this review if farts and bodily functions gross you out.
More like 2.5 stars
Mary Roach may have that mindset too. So far I've read books by her detailing what happens with dead bodies and more than you ever want to know abo...
June 29, 2016
If your body features a digestive tract, consider this book a must-read.
However, here are some caveats:
1) I strongly advise you not to read this book within 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
2) I strongly advise you not to read this book in any room used for cooking or eating (such as your k...
April 06, 2013
Yes, men and women eat meals. But they also ingest nutrients. They grind and sculpt them into a moistened bolus that is delivered, via a stadium wave of sequential contractions, into a self-kneading sack of hydrochloric acid, and then dumped into a tubular leach field, where it is converted into...
April 21, 2013
I was driving and listening to NPR one Sunday morning and realized with glee that the author being interviewed was Mary Roach. I had read "Stiff" a few years ago and found myself drawn to her humor. When I drove past a local bookstore, I couldn't resist the urge to pull into the lot and listen as...