Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are

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William Morrow & Company
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Sophie Egan, MPH is director of health and sustainability leadership as well as the editorial director for strategic initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America. Based in San Francisco, Egan is a contributor to The New York Times' health section, and she has written about food and health for The Washington Post, EatingWell, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Bon AppΓ©tit, WIRED, Edible San Francisco, and other publications. Her first book, Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), is a journey into the American food psyche. Egan holds a master of public health, with a focus on health and social behavior, from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Center for Health Leadership fellow. She also holds a bachelor of arts with honors in history from Stanford University. In 2016, she was named one of the UC Global Food Initiative's 30 Under 30. In 2018, she earned a certificate from the Harvard Executive Education in Sustainability Leadership program at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment.


"Filled with fascinating facts, many of which will come as a surprise to the reader. ... Breezy, irreverent, often quite funny, Devoured nonetheless has a serious message."--Barron's
"An engaging anthropological guide to our country's obsession with Pumpkin Spice Lattes and affection for Two Buck Chuck. ... Reads more like a bonbon-studded TED talk than an eat-your-spinach slog."--Seattle Times
"Devoured is a well-researched and fascinating exploration of what we eat, how we eat and why. It is only with this understanding of our food culture that we stand a chance of improving our food system. Devoured is a great contribution to this endeavor."--Sam Kass, Senior Food Analyst for NBC News and former White House Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition
"Reading [Devoured] could change the way you eat."--San Jose Mercury News
"A wild and witty romp through the zaniness that infuses today's American culture of food."--Michael Moss, author of the New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat
"This book is for anyone who eats food (even if it's Soylent). It's a fun and thought-provoking tour of the bizarre stuff we now consume. You won't look at your dinner -- or lunch, breakfast, snack, or whatever Doritos Locos Taco is -- the same way again."--New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs
"Engrossing. ... Well-written. ... Combines insights from behavioral economics, food science, psychology, and Egan's personal observations."--Publishers Weekly
"Entertaining... Humorous... An informative look at what Americans eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all those snack times in between and how our eating habits are changing who we are."--Kirkus Reviews
"Well-researched, fascinating and witty."--Shelf Awareness
"Using relatable examples, anecdotes, and convincing research, [Egan] highlights what characterizes our country's approach to food and makes it unique."--Bustle
"A must read about how our behaviors influence our diets and vice versa."--Rachel Berman, RD, CDN, Head of Content for Verywell