First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

Bee Wilson (Author)

Product Details

Basic Books
Publish Date
November 08, 2016
5.4 X 1.0 X 8.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Bee Wilson is a celebrated food writer, food historian, and author of five books, including First Bite: How We Learn to Eat and Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat. She has been named BBC Radio's food writer of the year and is a three-time Guild of Food Writers food journalist of the year. She writes a monthly column on food in the Wall Street Journal. She lives in Cambridge, England.


A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year
"First Bite is a feast of a book."--Financial Times
"An anthropological category killer on the topic of how we learn to eat."--New York Times Book Review
"A fascinating new book.... [Bee Wilson's] message is a hopeful, even liberating, one."--Washington Post
"A brilliant, heartfelt book about [the] crisis in our contemporary diet.... Wilson is intelligent, passionate, sincere, tirelessly curious and endlessly willing to admit mistakes and learn from experience."--London Review of Books
"Delightful.... The well-meaning experts lecture us about what we ought to eat; Wilson wants to understand why we eat what we do."--Guardian (UK)
"Wilson sprinkles just enough personal narrative through First Bite to establish her as a sympathetic figure without turning the book into a memoir.... Her tone is refreshingly loose and friendly; she's one of the few scholars I can think of who can effectively quote both Margaret Mead and Homer Simpson."--Washington Post
"Wilson lays out her discoveries in a series of easily digestible chapters that balance science and anecdote with short interludes on various foods.... Her tone is down-to-earth and research-based at once, gentle, encouraging, no-nonsense."--Boston Globe
"Absorbing read...timely."--Los Angeles Review of Books