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The Way We Eat Now

How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World
Narrated by: Bee Wilson
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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An award-winning food writer takes us on a global tour of what the world eats - and shows us how we can change it for the better

Food is one of life's great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety and confusion?

Bee Wilson shows that in two generations the world has undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating, from bubble tea to quinoa, from Soylent to meal kits.

Paradoxically, our diets are getting healthier and less healthy at the same time. For some, there has never been a happier food era than today: a time of unusual herbs, farmers' markets, and internet recipe swaps. Yet modern food also kills - diabetes and heart disease are on the rise everywhere on earth.

This is a book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, The Way We Eat Now explains how this food revolution has transformed our bodies, our social lives, and the world we live in.

©2019 Bee Wilson (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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"Bee Wilson weaves staggering information and fascinating insights into a gripping and inspiring story that is both fairytale and horror story. A brilliant must read about what touches us all." (Claudia Roden, author of Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon)

"This is urgent reading. Bee Wilson writes with a deep understanding of the problems posed by the way we eat today, but she never loses sight of her own love for the joy and promise and power of eating well. I always walk away from her writing feeling more hopeful than despondent, resolved to do better for myself, my family, and the planet." (Chris Ying, editor of Lucky Peach)

"This compelling overview of global eating habits by acclaimed food writer and Wall Street Journal columnist Wilson (Consider the Fork, 2012) seesaws back and forth between alarming paradoxes. We eat to live, but what we eat is killing us... Wilson's many fans and new converts alike will find her arguments convincing." (Booklist)

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  • 08-01-19

Great story teller, engaging writer and narrator

Bee Wilson is a great story teller. I've listened to the three books of hers available on Audible and they are all really engaging -- she uses all kinds of sources to build her arguments, weaves stories and data very effectively, and focuses on very interesting issues about food and our relationship to food. Discusses recent changes in food production and consumption patterns around the world. I found the information about Latin American food consumption changes since the 90s really interesting. The narration is also very good and very clear. Highly recommend.

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Overall very good

I always enjoy Wilson’s articles in the Wall Street Journal and I read Consider the Fork, her previous book. She writes well and her intermittent descriptions of the varied pleasures of food are a treat. Extensive as this book is it still doesn’t touch on all the reasons for our ill health and poor eating habits today. She strives to take the emphasis off of personal responsibility in what we eat, and it's true it can feel in America like the culture is working against eating well, but personal responsibility is still important, as we see in her Epilogue where she provides some tips for turning the tide and eating well again.

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Fantastic Read

I loved this audio book. I learned so much about food and how it is distributed in our society. How it affects our lives. I am trying to eat better and this material helped me to better understand myself and my relation to food. A very fascinating book. Thank you Bee Wilson.

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  • Sylvia
  • Valdosta, GA
  • 06-01-19

Concerned about health at all? This book is a MUST for you!

Extremely engaging and interesting. Excellent narration. A real eye-opener as to why so much of the world is becoming overfed and undernourished. This book is full of facts and figures but is actually intensely interesting to listen to even if you are not a statistics person. Give it a try!

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