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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: October 2011 ISBN: 9781461847083
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/24/2014

    " Way over my head - his erudition and complex writing style made this an impossible read. Some interesting tidbits tucked in.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Walker | 1/23/2014

    " come home - that's a familiar phrase. this book takes it to another level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/15/2014

    " Overly didactic and dry. I really wanted this to be better as I loved his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Krepps | 1/2/2014

    " Interesting but more textbook and less memoir than I expected. Thought provoking and packed with fun facts. Gopnik writes as well as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Winters | 12/27/2013

    " Fabulous biography of French food! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 12/23/2013

    " There are some great chapters in this book, but the letters to Mrs. Pennell drove me crazy. I loved reading about early restaurants, early professional chefs, and even early cookbook authors, though Mrs. Pennell is one. I highly recommend skipping around and reading parts of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan Mcginn | 11/19/2013

    " At its heart a look at the sacredness of the meal. Love the heart, but the peripheral tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/3/2013

    " Wonderful book. Beautifully written. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jracicot | 10/17/2013

    " Interesting view of the world with focus on food, modern trends and culinary history "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 8/6/2013

    " It would have been great as a series of essays instead of trying to be a connected book. Also, very self-absorbed and over-written for long passages. I found myself skimming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lise | 5/13/2013

    " It was so beautifully written that it made me care about a subject I have little academic interest in. This is my second Adam Gopnik book and has sealed my intention to read everything else that is out there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne Freeman | 3/24/2013

    " Not Gopnik's best. He made even soccer interesting to me in a New Yorker piece, but this was a snooze. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 3/7/2013

    " Almost gave up as I was not relating, but then he goes on a mission to cook local NYC food! The chicken story alone is worth it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky Rogers | 2/12/2013

    " I'm finding this book very dry & boring. Putting it down for now, but maybe I'll try it again some other time. Some of the reviews are really good! It's just not a great book to curl up w/ on a cold winter day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Roberts | 11/6/2012

    " Quick and engaging. Especially enjoyed the historical, cultural aspects mixed with personal story. The table is where it's at. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/26/2012

    " Excellent book - full of provocative thoughts and interesting historical anecdotes. Plenty of food for thought, as always in Gopnik's writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzie Raquel | 4/5/2012

    " The weakest of Adam Gopnik's works to date. The writing is less disciplined and is overly anecdotal. But still contains worthwhile information for foodies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lily | 2/16/2012

    " PRETENTIOUS with a capital P. Adam Gopnik is so pleased with himself. I enjoyed this for the first few chapters, but by the end I was pretty done. I guess food writing, or rather food writing about writing about food about writing, (way too abstract and theoretical Adam) is not my thing. Next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Benfield | 1/6/2012

    " An idiosyncratic book that certainly appeals to me and my interest in the meaning of why we value time at the table. "

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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.