Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are by Sophie Egan

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Read Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are Online Free - A provocative look at how and what Americans eat and why—a flavorful blend of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Salt Sugar Fat, and Freakonomics that reveals how the way we live shapes the way we eat

Food writer and Culinary Institute of America director Sophie Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—and our eating habits, the good and the bad. Egan explores why these values make for such an unstable, and often unhealthy, food culture and, paradoxically, why they also make America’s cuisine so great.

Egan raises a host of intriguing questions: Why does McDonald’s have 107 items on its menu? Why are breakfast sandwiches, protein bars, and gluten-free anything so popular? Will bland, soul-less meal replacements like Soylent revolutionize our definition of a meal? The search for answers takes her across the culinary landscape, from the prioritization of convenience over health to the unintended consequences of “perks” like free meals for employees; the American obsession with “having it our way” to the surge of Starbucks, Chipotle, and other chains individualizing the eating experience; from high culture—artisan and organic and what exactly “natural” means—to low culture—the sale of 100 million Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos in ten weeks. She also looks at how America’s cuisine—like the nation itself—has been shaped by diverse influences from across the globe.

Forked weaves together insights from the fields of psychology, anthropology, food science, and behavior economics as well as myriad examples from daily life to create a powerful and unique look at food in America.

Title : Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are
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ISBN : 0062390988
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Rachel rated it ★★★☆☆

December 13, 2016

(3.5 stars) I don't like the subtitle ('How What We Eat Defines Who We Are') nor do I think it's entirely fitting or descriptive of what the book is actually about. In short, Egan's book is very much like a Mary Roach book, focusing on American food culture. I had the thought while reading that i...

Biblio rated it ★★★★☆

May 10, 2016

Covers a lot of the same ground as Pandora's Lunchbox, Salt Sugar Fat, The Dorito Effect, but if you enjoy those books, as I have, you'll like this one too. Sophie Egan has a conversational style and seems ready to try anything. A few of the topics in Devoured that I don't recall seeing in the ot...

Kater rated it ★★★★☆

July 21, 2016

When I think about food, it's usually in the context of "what am I going to make for dinner" or gnashing my teeth in irritation about coworkers evangelizing about their latest fad diets. Food is a huge part of our culture and our identity, (a fact that I was made well aware of when creating a fae...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

August 24, 2016

Fascinating! It's no secret I find the subject of food interesting but this comprehensive exploration of American food culture exceeded my expectations. To use a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad pun - I devoured it! Author Sophie Egan discusses in depth how and why we eat the way we do here...

Heather(Gibby) rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2017

This was a very interesting look at the American food culture. I found much of it fascinating. I am not an American, but I believe that Canadian food tastes most likely follow behind what is trending in American cuisine. There are some really interesting historical information of how different ec...

Austin rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 12, 2016

Sophie Egan's Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are probes the mores of American food culture to find out what unites and divides us. Egan argues that food mirrors the American mindset, reflecting our common habits, tendencies, and livelihoods. There are several themes she seems to develop...

Juliette rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 27, 2016

There are several things I would like to say about this book I won on Goodreads: - First, the subtitle “How what we eat defines who we are” is misleading. A better one would be “How who we are defines how we eat” (or something like that). Indeed, Sophie Egan explains mainly why we (“Americans”) ea...

Julie rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 17, 2016

There's some promise here. And an interesting topic. But ultimately I found myself drowning in facts. Lots of little bits of facts. (Number of items for sale in a grocery store, say.) Many of the facts are interesting, but after a while it's too much like reading an almanac. And while she makes g...

Jane rated it ★★★☆☆

August 31, 2017

I read half of this and listened to half of it. It's easy to read, lots of fun facts scattered throughout. The author seems to have done her research. The author is snarky ("Oh, and I don't eat airline food. Talk about fifty shades of gross." (p. 188)) and somewhat elitist (although she claims sh...

Allisonlcarter rated it ★★★★☆

March 04, 2017

This book is a bit like a "Marketplace" for food. Which is a compliment. There isn't really a lot new here -- much of it I'd picked up in bits and pieces over the years from reading media online -- but Egan's voice is so engaging and funny that it's pleasant to go over it again, within a more str...

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