This book discusses the dopamine pleasure circuit in the brain and the differences between how different human behaviors (eating, taking drugs, nicotine, gambling, exercise) manipulate this circuit and can lead to addiction. The discussion was highly technical but delivered at a level where a layman with some scientific background can understand.
I found the sections on exercise and food cravings very interesting and highly relevant. I always found it amazing that I felt great during and after exercise, but I could never seem to get motivated to do it. Now I understand a little better the underlying biological mechanisms behind this.
Not if I can help it. The delivery of the narrator was not that inspiring and I often found myself realizing 5 minutes later that I had daydreamed and not taken in the content. Needless to say, the rewind button came in very handy.
Although, no one in my family suffers from addiction, the section which discusses addiction makes me much more empathetic with people who are addicted to drugs.
I wish they had gone further into the physiology of how food chemistry can affect both flavor and cravings.
Yes, I would recommend it especially to someone who has an interest in food, culture, and its impact on the history of humanity. However, it can be tough to get through due to the shear volume of information that it provides and the boring presentation given by the narrator.
The section that discusses how salt was used to preserve meats and fish (especially the fermented fish) changed the way I view fish sauce. Actually, it sparked an interest in fermentation and I have since bought several books that discuss the benefits of and how to ferment a variety of foods.
Honestly, probably not. I think that buying a copy of the printed book would have been better for this particular book. That being said, it is not entirely due to narrator, but to the immense amount of information contained within this book. It just felt like overload and the narrator did not do a good job of using his voice to distinguish important passages or bring your interest back.
No, this is a book that you definately need to digest over a period of time.
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