From the beginning it held my interest explaining the history of snack foods and why they are purposfuly addictive. A fair assessment in the efforts of manufacturers attempt at healthier snacks vs profit. Very eye opening even to a health conscience person. I recommend to anyone who believes there is such thing as healthy chips.
This is an informative look at the food industry, and I listened to encourage myself to stick to my low carb diet. Unfortunately, listening did the opposite: I found myself craving many of the chemical-laden foods the book chronicles. While I only cheated on my diet once (with a tiny pack of Smarties, not a package of Double Stuffed Oreos), I need to warn others that the constant references to junk food made the listening experience an exercise in willpower.
Brick is a good narrator, but his style is better suited to fiction as opposed to non-fiction. I found his intonations a bit over-dramatic at times.
Thought I knew a lot about processed food already. But Michael Moss showed me I did not. Scott Brick is an outstanding narrator as well. Very helpful and informative!
Brilliant book about the state of "food" in America and a very compelling listen. One of the most well written and well performed non -fiction books I have ever read. Also, whether on accident or on purpose, this is one of the best and easiest to understand pieces of writing on the fact that a free market economy in the US is a fallacy.
I don't think anyone would enjoy this.
I couldn't tell exactly, because of the awful narration, but most of the book read like an advertisement instead of actual investigatory journalism. In addition, I could really do without the fat shaming - it doesn't help anyone. I appreciated the historical aspects, though, and wish I could read more about it all.
Absolutely not. He has such a condescending tone that it made it impossible to actually get through this book. Maybe he's better in fiction books or mysteries, but that does NOT mean he's good for these kind of investigative books. He has an irritatingly mocking tone and makes the book seem super judgmental and not credible. I couldn't sit through all almost 15 hours of him talking - he makes any respectable story sound like a joke.
I wish I could get this book with a different narrator, so I could judge it more fairly.
This book isn't really about salt, sugar or fat. And it's attempts to describe health issues regarding these ingredients is very dated and poorly done. What this book is good at though it telling some mediocrely interesting tales of the processed food industry. I would rate this book higher if it stuck to that, but the inaccurate disease attributions to specific types of food or these ingredients misses the big picture of the processing itself not the nutritionist perspective this book focuses on. The author would benefit greatly from the quick read "in defense of food" by Michael Pollan. I don't think I could recommend salt sugar fat as a worth while listen or read.
A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!
Scott Brick Narration of course, smoothly giving the info with the right tone and inflections.
no characters, unless you count the corporate 'think' exposed here, and the need to be vigilant in your purchasing choices!
yes.... but novel only, this was a first non-fiction listen for me, and again he is amazing!
Even the corporate bigwigs won't buy their own stuff for their families..... seriously!
A lot of info, and even if you only absorb a small amount, it will be a beneficial listen! I can see a second listen in my future on this one.....
this is a good book to listen to. I think if I had read it, I wouldn't have finished.
While reading it I began to realize how much I was giving in to the food companies and learning their ploys made me angry. It seems like I am being used and tricked for their own profit. When I eat processed food, I and my taste buds are being manipulated.
I know that sounds extreme, but I am so glad this book was written. Change needs to happen. I care about my family too much to sink to these levels of consuming unhealthy food on a regular basis.
Moderation in all things.