We do not come into the world with an innate sense of taste and nutrition; as omnivores, we have to learn how and what to eat, how sweet is too sweet, and what food will give us the most energy for the coming day. But how does this education happen? What are the origins of taste?
In First Bite, the beloved food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists to reveal that our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors, including family, culture, memory, gender, hunger, and love. An exploration of the extraordinary and surprising origins of our tastes and eating habits - from people who can eat foods only of a certain color to an amnesiac who can eat meal after meal without getting full - First Bite also shows us how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives.
©2015 Bee Wilson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Yes, significantly. Alison Larkin is an outstanding narrator and she makes what at times can be repetitive text fresh and accessible.
Bee Wilson't passage on parents who force feed their kids!
It's non fiction, so....
Don't Force Feed Your Kids
I really liked Bee Wilson's Consider The Fork which won a best non fiction of the year award. I love the way Alison Larkin narrates. She's perfect for this one.
I would listen again; it was so well read by Alison Larkin, and there was a lot of history and personal story details as well. I loved the mix.
Bee was my favorite; she's great, and she is not afraid to admit her mistakes and she's open minded and fun.
I loved Alison Larkin's performance; she can do a lot of accents and she's brilliant. Was else has she done - I'm in!
Yes, there were parts that made me laugh and some of the history made me cry. Man, what we do to our children, UGH.
How we learn to eat, how we fail to learn to eat, and suggestions on how we may retrain our eating habits.
As a result of listening to this book I understand why dieting us so hard and what we're up against in developing good eating habits for our kids. The book for the most part is compelling and a joy. I found some parts to be slow, but I can't recommend this book enough.
Cook, Steelworker, Sailor in Viet Nam. Retired after 4 decades as an RN. Share a birthday with Mark Twain and his love of "spinnin' a yarn"
Who knew how incredibly complex eating habit acquisition could be. They put it in front of me and I had to eat it all (except Lima beans)... But then I'm a post WW2 baby boomer. I also am a retired Registered Nurse (40 yrs of service) with decades practice in gastroenterology. I decided to read this book because I'm a lifetime weight watcher and I thought there may be ideas I could make use of. What I found was a very academic revue of the subject from a behavioral perspective that is probably of little use to an adult dieter. Much of the books focus is on childhood eating disorders and by extension about how we adults got the habits we have. If you've a mind for a scholarly discussion pick this one up.
This is definitely a must read/listen if you want to learn how people develop their eating habits, especially from a young age.
Especially parents will find this book very useful. The narration is very good as well.
"A must read if you have children, are about to or just struggle developing healthier eating habits."
As someone who can eat and enjoy all kinds of foods, I often struggle with how to help others do the same. This book has helped me understand where taste preferences come from, why some kids can't stand the sight of something new on their plate and why some adults still refuse to eat vegetables. Although I did struggle at first with the narrator and the book in the beginning, I am so glad to have continued listened because the author does a thorough job of teaching you where we go wrong when it comes to eating and also how to make it right.
This was an enjoyable book. It should be on any pregnant mother's list of reading material it you want to have a baby who will not be finicky to foods. Also touched on eating disorders and on a variety of therapies. Filled with very good information.
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