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First Bite Audiobook

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Amanda Fry 12-07-15
    Amanda Fry 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Alison Larkin's narration is SUPERB!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Bite to be better than the print version?

    Yes, significantly. Alison Larkin is an outstanding narrator and she makes what at times can be repetitive text fresh and accessible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Bite?

    Bee Wilson't passage on parents who force feed their kids!


    Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

    It's non fiction, so....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't Force Feed Your Kids


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    E. Acker CA 04-08-16
    E. Acker CA 04-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Entertaining"
    Would you listen to First Bite again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bee was my favorite; she's great, and she is not afraid to admit her mistakes and she's open minded and fun.


    What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

    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!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, there were parts that made me laugh and some of the history made me cry. Man, what we do to our children, UGH.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    BearMaster Tucson, AZ United States 02-11-16
    BearMaster Tucson, AZ United States 02-11-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Looking foreward to applying these tips"

    How we learn to eat, how we fail to learn to eat, and suggestions on how we may retrain our eating habits.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    VerdereC Palo Alto, CA 06-07-16
    VerdereC Palo Alto, CA 06-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wealth of info I wish I knew before having kids.."

    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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    HIYBRID 07-19-16
    HIYBRID 07-19-16

    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"

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    "CHEW THIS OVER"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kary 04-13-16
    Kary 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent."

    I loved this book. Everything about this was excellent, from the content to the narrator.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 09-13-16
    Michael 09-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting, Enlightening, but Long"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great Science, well told. Instructive information organized well and relayed in a way that relates to you and your experiences. At some point, though, I found myself frequently checking "how much longer does this go", which is generally a bad sign. I finished it, out of respect for the work that went into it. Just realize this is not a quick "go". Excellently narrated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nami87 08-31-16
    Nami87 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book"

    I can't wait to listen to it again!

    The insights into this book are invaluable!! I would like to dig into a lot of the sources cited but as a father of a toddler I found a lot of value in this book. I'm looking forward to listening to her other book as well now.

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    SGG Fairfield, CT 07-20-16
    SGG Fairfield, CT 07-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Reading Would Have Been Better"

    I enjoyed the material,however I found the narrator's voice so off putting I could not finish the book. Felt as if I were being lectured to by a very sanctimonious high school health teacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CC60 03-08-16
    CC60 03-08-16

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    "Narration Counts!"
    Any additional comments?

    Let the authors narrate their own books, especially when the author's voices are more pleasing than the actor's!

    8 of 20 people found this review helpful

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