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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 eatFood writer and Culinary Institute of America 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 Covers a lot of the same ground as Pandora s Lunchbox Salt Sugar Fat The Dorito Effect but if you enjoy those books as I have you ll like this one too Sophie Egan has a conversational style and seems ready to try anything A few of the topics in Devoured that I don t recall seeing in the other books of this type are stunt foods such as KFC s Double Down and products that promote what they DON T contain such as gluten free

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Rge 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 Forked weaves together insights from the fields of psychology anthropology food science and behavior economics as well as myriad examples from daily life to create a powerful and uniue look at food in America There are several things I would like to say about this book I won on Goodreads First the subtitle How what we eat defines who we are is misleading A better one would be How who we are defines how we eat or something like that Indeed Sophie Egan explains mainly why we Americans eat how we eat Second this book would be directed to people liking trivia A lot of information the organization is not always clear The tone is very informal Third something the author missed in why American people eat how they eat is the widespread idea that everything that is healthy is not good The only time she evokes it is in the chapter The Story of Spaghetti It would have been interesting to see howwhy vegetables have such a bad reputation Fourth I think as a European French I am not the targeted reader The description of the really tempting brunches of the irresistible stunt foods and so on was just not that appealing to me

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Paradoxically why they also make America’s cuisine so greatEgan raises a host of intriguing uestions Why does McDonald’s have 107 items on its menu Why are breakfast sandwiches protein bars and gluten free anything so popular Will bland soul less 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 conseuences of “perks” like free meals for employees; the American obsession with “having it our way” to the su Sophie Egan s Devoured How What We Eat Defines Who We Are probes the s of American food culture to find out what unites and divides us Egan argues that food mirrors the American mindset reflecting our common habits tendencies and livelihoods There are several themes she seems to develop throughout the book including the impact of the overbearing work culture on our food choices how individualism and the need for self expression colors our eating choices and how social functions like the Super Bowl and holidays drive food sales Each chapter explores a different chunk of American food culture from our growing dependence on cheese and spaghetti to the democratization of wine through the production of cheaper brand names and food entrepreneurism and innovation at fast casual establishments like the Doritos Locos Taco at Taco Bell There is a bit of disjointedness to the book as Egan has a difficult time connecting the chapters to validate her thesis In fact there doesn t seem to be a thesis outside of we are defined by the food we eat Perhaps this book could have been strengthened if the subtitle had been flipped from how what we eat defines who we are to who we are defines what and how we eat The causation is flipped to the apt expression of how our overlapping traits as Americans determines what we pick off the shelves and what we order at our restaurants From there she could have weaved the narrative of how American culture imbues in its citizens a spirit of individualism and curiosity and how that for example contributes to our demand for convenience and portable snacks in lieu of breakfast the proliferation of foreign foods and restaurants in American towns and cities and the popularity of cheffing or adding items not stated on the menu to your order Not only would the thesis have been clearer but the narrative would have been tighter and the chapters relatedEgan s writing style is piss poor It goes from stable prose to chatty digressions marked by unhandy and cheesy attempts at humor and wit The tone is mostly chatty and casual perhaps too much This could have been a interesting read had the subject been given a tad bit gravitas Combined with an incoherent thesis and disjointed elaborations of different facets of American cuisine and food culture Egan s unwieldy writing pattern yields a book that is remarkably unexceptional and short of its potential


10 thoughts on “Devoured

  1. says:

    35 stars I don't like the subtitle 'How What We Eat Defines Who We Are' nor do I think it's entirely fitting or descriptive

  2. says:

    When I think about food it's usually in the context of what am I going to make for dinner or gnashing my teeth in irritation about coworkers evangelizing about their latest fad diets Food is a huge part of our culture and our identity a fact

  3. says:

    Covers a lot of the same ground as Pandora's Lunchbox Salt Sugar Fat The Dorito Effect but if you enjoy those books as I have you'll like this one too Sophie Egan has a conversational style and seems ready to try anything A few of the topics in Devoured that I don't recall seeing in the other books of this type are stunt foods such as KFC'

  4. says:

    Sophie Egan's Devoured How What We Eat Defines Who We Are probes the s of American food culture to find out what unites and divides us Egan argues that food mirrors the American mindset reflecting our common habits tendencies and livelihoods There are several themes she seems to develop throughout the book including the impact of the overbe

  5. says:

    There's some promise here And an interesting topic But ultimately I found myself drowning in facts Lots of little bits of facts Number of items for sale in a grocery store say Many of the facts are interesting but after a while it's too much like reading an almanac And while she makes good and interesting points they too are overwhelmed by all the tiny little facts I can imagine that having gathered them all one wants to use them and many

  6. says:

    The writing was so horrible that I couldn't make it than 20 pages into the book Everything was a hipster conversational type comment and there was no coherency to the narrative I had high hopes for the book but it wasn't worth the time

  7. says:

    Fascinating It's no secret I find the subject of food interesting but this comprehensive exploration of American food culture exceed

  8. says:

    There are several things I would like to say about this book I won on Goodreads First the subtitle “How what we eat defines who we are” is misleading A better one would be “How who we are defines how we eat” or so

  9. says:

    I read half of this and listened to half of it It's easy to read lots of fun facts scattered throughout The author seems to have done her research The author is snarky Oh and I don't eat airline food Talk about fifty shades of gross p 188 and somewhat elitist although she claims she is not The narrator's tone b

  10. says:

    I basically do not know how her editor let certain language pass rather it should be titled Food Diaries of a High School Blogger Don't get my wrong she is clearly well readversed in the subject matter and I learned something from it but language is everything and it just felt odd