First Bite

How We Learn to Eat
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
4 out of 5 stars (414 ratings)

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Excellent.

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

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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.

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Good Info, Poor Performance

I found this book educational, despite the masses of logical leaps, but wished I had read it rather than listened. The narrator was one of the worst I have ever heard. Every time she paused (and much of the time she spoke) you would get a disgusting wet mouth sound which was absolutely unbearable with earphones in. And she did poor accents for every quote in the book. Really quite terrible all around, I would not consider listening to anything else she narrated.

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I learned so much

There is so much packed into this wonderful book. It's great for those curious about food and tastes and food preferences. I also appreciated how the author presents information but doesn't make anyone feel bad for the food choices they make and is encouraging to those who want to make changes. My teenage son with autism and I listened to this book together because we love learning about unique topics, not with an "self-help" intention, but part way through the book, he started trying new foods!

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wholesome

no promises. but in the vein of food rules by pollan or the book about french woman dont get fat its a very uplifting overview about habits and diet in the general sense that will make your stomach seem like friendlier and more manageable terrain

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Great book!

Great book to listen to. I usually prefer the original author to do the narration, but this lady did exceptional! As for the book, it's a good mix of story, ideas, and scientific facts and studies. It is a bit long, but worth it.