I really liked Tom Standage's "History of the World in 6 Glasses" and I thought I would have liked this book, but it just wasn't as interesting. I think a little less scientific information about how all of the grains formed and little more story telling would have made it better.
The narrator was really monotone and boring. I felt like I had to concentrate too hard to follow along with what was being said.
The sweep and span of this book is interesting and it's really captures everything in a nutshell. For example the most people think of farming as natural when actually farming is a technology and without farming humanity as we know would be very different. If farming is a technology and it is, then why is there such outrage over Bioengineering of crops when humans have been doing it since the very beginning of farming. These are some of the most important take aways and thoughts I have absorbed from this audio book.
The audio version ofers a layer of depth unseen, or better yet unheard, in the print version. Standage's word jump to life with Wilson's naration as each story of the long history of food unfolds.
Comprehensive for the most part allows me as a listener to understand the story a lot more than simply reading it.
This book for the most part made me hungry everytime I read it passed midnight. But what most suprised me is how pivital food is to various aspects of our world. I especially love how Standage broke the book into sections which focused on foods key issues. Like how farming came about to how food let to the fall of Communist Soviet Union.
Great read, especially since we all love food. This provide one of the best backgrounds of history around food to explain the mandane to extraordinary. Bon appetit!
Of all the books I have listened to, this is average. But I would like to think that I have listened to some rather good books over the years.
I loved the entwining of food into history. The book touched on many of my favorite reading topics, history, culture, politics, science and economics. It tied in many diciplines rather well.
Consistent and unobtrusive.
This book lacks the intellectual brilliance of Michael Pollan's work, and the reader is slow and ponderous. Still, there are a number of interesting historical perspectives on the history of food.