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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi explores the history and cultural importance of our most beloved tastes, paying homage to the ingredients that give us daily pleasure while providing a thoughtful wake-up call to the homogenization that is threatening the diversity of our food supply.

Food is one of the greatest pleasures of human life. Our response to sweet, salty, bitter, or sour is deeply personal, combining our individual biological characteristics, personal preferences, and emotional connections. Bread, Wine, Chocolate illuminates not only what it means to recognize the importance of the foods we love but also what it means to lose them. Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi reveals how the foods we enjoy are endangered by genetic erosion - a slow and steady loss of diversity in what we grow and eat. In America today, food often looks and tastes the same, whether at a San Francisco farmers market or at a Midwestern potluck. Shockingly, 95 percent of the world's calories now come from only 30 species. Though supermarkets seem to be stocked with endless options, the differences between products are superficial, primarily in flavor and brand.

Sethi draws on interviews with scientists, farmers, chefs, vintners, beer brewers, coffee roasters, and others with firsthand knowledge of our food to reveal the multiple and interconnected reasons for this loss and its consequences for our health, traditions, and culture. She travels to Ethiopian coffee forests, British yeast culture labs, and Ecuadoran cocoa plantations collecting fascinating stories that will inspire listeners to eat more consciously and purposefully, better understand familiar and new foods, and learn what it takes to save the tastes that connect us with the world around us.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Simran Sethi (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Therese Plummer's well-tempered performance complements this book's important message about food and agricultural biodiversity.... Creating individual voices and accents for various interviewees, Plummer captures the richness of the countries and cultures that embrace the three foods she focuses on. Overall, Plummer's narration depicts the author's belief that how we eat honors how we celebrate the world and our sense of taste." (AudioFile)

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What is otherwise an excellent view of pressing issues not only in the food world, but in life, is flawed by two distractions. The performance is overly dramatic; affected accents and more disturbingly, whenever discussing science oddly robotic. The second distraction comes from the author and a penchant to personalize and share a bit too many off topic observations. Would have loved more substance over wardrobe and the attractiveness of some of her interviewees.

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Probably better read, not listened to.

I had to speed the narration to make this move along. The breathy overly dramatized narration was very distracting. It was read like a romance novel. This is the first Audible I was disappointed with.

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