A charming book that tells the history of what we eat through the tools we use to prepare it. The book is written with great charm and good humor and the narration is just right.
History is most often told through politics and commerce. This is history of a different sort, told through the kitchen.
The narrator was engaging, even if the subject was a little dry. I would listen again to pick up details and facts I might have missed.
It reminded me of Bill Bryson's "At Home: A Short History of Private Life." It was full of interesting historical context for everyday items.
I thought it was interesting that the narrator subtly adopted an american, french, or austrailian accent when she was quoting people from those various countries.
It's a little too dense for that... too much information to digest all in one sitting.
Entertaining survey of devices used for eating and food prep from ancient times to the more recent activities described as "science as cooking." Alison Larkin's friendly British accent make the book easily digestible.
I buy audiobooks for my wife to listen to on her daily commute to work. Typically I get praise for my selections. She is a foodie and has read academic works in different culinary areas. Despite repeated efforts to get through this book, she found the content too dry to finish thus breaking my streak of great selections. This book caters to a niche that is far too narrow for audiobook enthusiasts. In short, if your looking for something to listen to on a long drive or commute, better get a coffee before you get behind the wheel.