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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (381 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Gopnik Narrator: Adam Gopnik Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Multiple award-winning author Adam Gopnik has written for the New Yorker since 1986. In this work, Gopnik charts America’s transformation from being simply aware of what they eat to being obsessive about it. This fascinating culinary journey will transport listeners from 18th-century France and the origin of America’s popular modern tastes to the kitchens of the White House and beyond. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Macpherson | 2/12/2014

    " Like a lot of New Yorker writing: smart erudite, full of itself, smug and really terrific. The ping ponging between terrific and annoying is a little exhausting though. In this, Gopnik collects his New yorker pieces on eating and restaurants and adds a few new things. Some of it is just wonderful. His dissapointment that one of his food writing idols was anti-semetic was strong. He speaks well on the changing of taste as well as the history of sweets. Then he just drones on, and name drops and that's a little much. I enjoyed my time with the book, but I am happy I am done "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Nescot | 2/11/2014

    " I found it to be a quite insightful, enjoyable, and unique insight into the meaning and evolution over the years of cuisine and food tastes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/5/2014

    " Stopped reading this about halfway through because I found it too painfully slow and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jane Walker | 1/29/2014

    " I was reading this book while the horsemeat scandal was unfolding. That sharpened my sense of how pretentious Gopnik is, both in the way he writes and in his subject matter. The huge cost of the meals he cooks at home, and of the meals he eats in restaurants, puts them far beyond the means of most of us, yet price is never mentioned. There are some (a few) interesting facts, but I wouldn't want to read anything else by him. "

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About the Author
Author Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik has been writing for the New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995 to 2000, Gopnik lived in Paris, where the newspaper Le Monde praised his “witty and Voltairean picture of French life.” He now lives in New York with his wife and their children.