A provocative look at how and what Americans eat and why‚Äîa flavorful blend of The Omnivore‚Äôs Dilemma, Salt Sugar Fat, and Freakonomics that reveals how the way we live shapes the way we eat.
Food writer and Culinary Institute of America program director Sophie Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that define our national character‚Äîwork, freedom, and progress‚Äîand our eating habits, the good and the bad. Egan explores why these values make for such an unstable, and often unhealthy, food culture and, paradoxically, why they also make America‚Äôs cuisine so great.
Egan raises a host of intriguing questions: Why does McDonald‚Äôs have 107 items on its menu? Why are breakfast sandwiches, protein bars, and gluten-free anything so popular? Will bland, soulless meal replacements like Soylent revolutionize our definition of a meal? The search for answers takes her across the culinary landscape, from the prioritization of convenience over health to the unintended consequences of ‚Äúperks‚Äù like free meals for employees; from the American obsession with ‚Äúhaving it our way‚Äù to the surge of Starbucks, Chipotle, and other chains individualizing the eating experience; from high culture‚Äîartisan and organic and what exactly ‚Äúnatural‚Äù means‚Äîto low culture‚Äîthe sale of 100 million Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos in ten weeks. She also looks at how America‚Äôs cuisine‚Äîlike the nation itself‚Äîhas been shaped by diverse influences from across the globe.
Devoured weaves together insights from the fields of psychology, anthropology, food science, and behavioral economics as well as myriad examples from daily life to create a powerful and unique look at food in America.
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