From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies-- How What We Eat Defines Who We Are

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A look at the deeper meaning behind our food choices: from the prioritization of convenience over health to the ways food at work affects our happiness; from the American obsession with "having it our way" at Starbucks, Chipotle and other chains that individualize the eating experience to the fascinating dynamic between highbrow food culture--artisan this and small-batch that--and the lowbrow, such as Taco Bell's sale of 100 million Doritos Locos Tacos in just ten weeks.
Published: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062390981
Branch Call Number: 394.1209 EGA
Characteristics: ix, 403 pages ;,24 cm


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Sep 06, 2016

Egan explores all the complexities and contradictions of Americans' eating habits in this well-researched work. The Source Notes and Bibliography are 53 pages long plus an 8-page glossary that includes terms like diet evangelism, health halo, and secular church. The author takes on topics such as eating lunch hunched over a keyboard, the age of stunt foods, and how Italian immigrants created the first ethnic cuisine that went mainstream. Egan's skill with the written word will have you laughing and wincing as she describes eating in today's America. Lots of statistics illustrate her main points and themes.


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