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 eat.

Food writer and Culinary Institute of America program 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, paradoxically, why they also make America’s cuisine so great.

Egan raises a host of intriguing questions: Why does McDonald’s have 107 items on its menu? Why are breakfast sandwiches, protein bars, and gluten-free anything so popular? Will bland, soulless 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 consequences of “perks” like free meals for employees; from the American obsession with “having it our way” to the surge 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.

Devoured weaves together insights from the fields of psychology, anthropology, food science, and behavioral economics as well as myriad examples from daily life to create a powerful and unique look at food in America.

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  • 001 Devoured
    Duration: 17s
  • 002 Introduction
    Duration: 41min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duration: 57min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duration: 01h03min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duration: 56min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duration: 01h27s
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duration: 55min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duration: 55min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duration: 01h01min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duration: 59min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duration: 01h05min
  • 012 Chapter 10
    Duration: 01h02min
  • 013 Chapter 11
    Duration: 22min
  • 014 Glossary
    Duration: 19min
  • 015 Source Notes
    Duration: 01h05min
  • 016 Credits
    Duration: 36s
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