The Eating Instinct

Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America
Narrated by: Julie McKay
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An exploration, both personal and deeply reported, of how we learn to eat in today's toxic food culture.  

Food is supposed to sustain and nourish us. Eating well, any doctor will tell you, is the best way to take care of yourself. Feeding well, any human will tell you, is the most important job a mother has. But for too many of us, food now feels dangerous. We parse every bite we eat as good or bad and judge our own worth accordingly. 

When her newborn daughter stopped eating after a medical crisis, Virginia Sole-Smith spent two years teaching her how to feel safe around food again - and in the process, realized just how many of us are struggling to do the same thing.  

The Eating Instinct visits kitchen tables around America to tell Sole-Smith's own story, as well as the stories of women recovering from weight-loss surgery, of people who eat only nine foods, of families with unlimited grocery budgets, and those on food stamps. 

Every struggle is unique. But Sole-Smith shows how they're also all products of our modern food culture. And they're all asking the same questions: How did I learn to eat this way? Why is it so hard to feel good about food? And how can I make it better?

©2018 Virginia Sole-Smith (P)2018 Tantor

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Not at all what I expected

Three chapters in and it is STILL about being pregnant or after delivery. I was under the impression this book was about more than just that. Boring!

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Brilliant.

The narration was kind of terrible, but honestly the information in the book was so amazing, that it could have been read by Squidward and I would have still enjoyed it.

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Good book to fall asleep too! :)

I like to put this book on when I’m going to bed. The voice acting is soothing and the story is interesting.