The Way We Eat Now

The Way We Eat Now

How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World

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"In just two generations, the world has undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating-- from bubble tea to quinoa, Soylent to meal kits. Paradoxically, our diets are getting healthier and less healthy at the same time. For some, there has never been a happier food era than today: a time of unusual herbs, farmers' markets, and internet recipe swaps. Yet modern food also kills-- diabetes and heart disease are on the rise everywhere on earth. This is a book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, "The way we eat now" explains how this food revolution has transformed our bodies, our social lives, and the world we live in."--
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780465093977
0465093973
Branch Call Number: 641.013 W6917W 2019
Characteristics: xxix, 356 pages : illustrations, charts ; 24 cm

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tjdickey
Jan 28, 2020

A sobering look at recent decades' global patterns of food consumption - plenty of good food, and too much bad going into our bodies. Wilson assures us of the positive global changes in food production and delivery, leading to generally less food deprivation, and the surprising coexistence of both healthier eating, and very bad food habits: sugary drinks, over-processed oils, the huge growth of the processed snack industry (and decline in basic social eating time), Instagram-driven food fads, pseudo-scientific "quack" diets. We seem to be eating the best of foods and the worst of foods at the same time.
The author covers a staggering number of edibles, with often piercing commentary (the rainbow bagel as "too garish even for a five-year-old's birthday party - an idea of joy rather than actual joy," or the KFC Double Down sandwich as "This abomination..."

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Indoorcamping
Oct 28, 2019

The food information book you’ve been waiting to read. Bee Wilson is such a brilliant writer that she makes nutrition research compelling. She weaves stories and research together with her beautiful, fast-paced and positive writing style in such an enjoyable way. It’s the best book of hers, as judged by the amount of times I’ve quoted it to my family and friends. Now everybody I know knows more than they ever asked about Chinese snack habits (none before 2004 and too much after 2005 when big corporations created addicting products marketed to kids).

I think I’ll read it again, just to have fun stories to discuss during the holidays with my food-obsessed family members.

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Evansst
Jul 11, 2019

I’ve read most of Bee Wilson’s books, this one was one of the easiest to read covering lots of great information and making a person think about how we approach food and eating in the modern world. Compared to some of her earlier books, this one felt much less like reading a textbook, though the information conveyed was equally complex and interesting.

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