• Off Menu

  • The Secret Science of Food and Dining
  • By: Nell McShane Wulfhart
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,097 ratings)

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Off Menu

By: Nell McShane Wulfhart
Narrated by: Katie Schorr
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Publisher's summary

Off Menu is a charming, fun-fact-filled deep dive into the little-known science of food and dining: why we eat what we eat, the nuances of our experience of taste and flavor, and the tiny, easy hacks and tweaks that, when mastered, can make a huge difference in our diets, meals, and relationships with food and drink. 

Have you ever noticed that a café’s coffee tastes better in a mug than it does in a to-go cup? Or that hearing the sound of a cocktail being prepared - the sloshing of the liquid in the shaker, the clink of the ice as it’s stirred - makes you enjoy it even more? In Off Menu, journalist Nell McShane Wulfhart explores the facets of food science that you’ve probably never thought about - lighting, background music, the brain’s reaction to the ping of a microwave - but have nonetheless played a role in how you’ve experienced a meal, a drink, or an entire night out. 

This lively, accessible audio project distills cutting-edge research into lessons on everything from what quick fixes can cover up your mistakes in the kitchen to what meal to serve when you’re planning to break up with someone. It’s the perfect listen to devour as you’re strolling through the farmer’s market, washing the dishes, or planning your next dinner party.

©2020 Nell Wulfhart (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Nell McShane Wulfhart is a journalist and author. She is a former New York Times columnist, and her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, the Wall Street Journal Magazine, and T Magazine, to name just a few. She’s passionate about food and drink, and is always searching for new ways to make every meal better. To learn more about her work, visit: nellmcshanewulfhart.com (http://nellmcshanewulfhart.com/) or follow her on Twitter:@nellmwulfhart (https://twitter.com/nellmwulfhart).

About the Performer

Katie Schorr's narration credits include Kim Michele Richardson's acclaimed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (an Audible bestseller), Sally Thorne's The Hating Game, We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out, Voice Arts Award-nominated Zootopia, Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin, Ginger Zee's Chasing Helicity series, and K.A. Tucker's Be the Girl (for which one attentive listener noticed her Canadian pronunciation of the word "project"), among many others. Katie has written for McSweeney's and Mother.ly and is currently completing her MFA in Fiction at Hunter College.