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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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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, but much too long for the topic

If you are really engaged with this topic, I am sure it will be fine worth the 13 hours. For most people however, the novelty and interest will wane much sooner than that.

The narrator is quality, so long as you are ok with a moderately strong British accent. She speaks well, it just takes an adjustment.

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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.

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Great insight on how people develop eating habits!

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.

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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.