Enjoy what you eat.
From the author of the national bestseller The Culture of Fear comes a rallying cry to abandon food fads and myths for calmer and more pleasurable eating.
For many Americans, eating is a religion. We worship at the temples of celebrity chefs. We raise our children to believe that certain foods are good and others are bad. We believe that if we eat the right foods, we will live longer, and if we eat in the right places, we will raise our social status. Yet what we believe to be true about food is, in fact, quite contradictory. Offering part expose, part social commentary, sociologist Barry Glassner talks to chefs, food chemists, nutrionists, and restaurant critics about the way we eat. Helping us recognize the myths, half-truths and guilt trips they promulgate, The Gospel of Food liberates us for greater joy at the table.
… like a magician with a long act and a few great tricks, Glassner makes it worth sitting through the obvious sleight of hand to get to the good parts. In his book s strongest section, he argues against the conventional wisdom on the causes of obesity: that we eat too much and don t exercise enough. A master at the art of dissecting research, he points out that the obesity epidemic and he s not entirely convinced there is one, or that being overweight is taking years off people s lives came about through a complex mix of genetic predisposition, economic hardship and antismoking campaigns.