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Author: Sophie Egan Narrator: Ann Richardson Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062471024

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A provocative look at how and what Americans eat and why—a flavorful blend of The Omnivore’s 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—work, freedom, and progress—and 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’s cuisine so great.

Egan raises a host of intriguing questions: Why does McDonald’s 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 “perks” like free meals for employees; from the American obsession with “having it our way” to the surge of Starbucks, Chipotle, and other chains individualizing the eating experience; from high culture—artisan and organic and what exactly “natural” means—to low culture—the sale of 100 million Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos in ten weeks. She also looks at how America’s cuisine—like the nation itself—has 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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  • “A wild and witty romp through the zaniness that infuses today’s American culture of food.”

    - Michael Moss, New York Times bestselling author
  • “An engaging anthropological guide…[that] reads more like a bonbon-studded TED talk than an eat-your-spinach slog.”

    - Seattle Times
  • “Reading [Devoured] could change the way you eat.”

    - San Jose Mercury News
  • “Highlights what characterizes our country’s approach to food and makes it unique.”

    - Bustle
  • “Well researched, fascinating, and witty.”

    - Shelf Awareness
  • “Ann Richardson’s persuasive narration sheds light on the paradoxes and perils of our nation’s cultural food values.. Richardson’s smooth tones reflect the consumers’ naïveté and fascination with food…Richardson’s inflections convey surprise, excitement, and dismay at the descriptions of food-related phenomena… Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Entertaining…Humorous…[An] informative look at what Americans eat…and how our eating habits are changing who we are.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Egan’s…book is well written, her tone is upbeat, and she offers sound solutions to the tangled problems she discusses.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “It is only with this understanding of our food culture that we stand a chance of improving our food system. Devoured is a great contribution to this endeavor.”

    - Sam Kass, senior food analyst for NBC News


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Sophie Egan is the director of programs and culinary nutrition for the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America. She has been a regular contributor to the New York Times’ “Well” section, and her work has appeared on NPR and in Sunset magazine and Wired. A graduate of Stanford University, she earned a Master of Public Health degree focused on health and social behavior from the University of California at Berkeley.

About the Narrator

Ann Richardson is an Earphones-winning narrator who studied broadcast journalism and Spanish at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Years later, the desire to take up a creative yet productive career lead her to narrating audiobooks, and founding Great Plains Audiobooks, an audiobook publishing company focusing on bringing Midwestern literature to audio.