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How We Eat : Appetite, Culture, and the Psychology of Food - Leon Rappoport

How We Eat

Appetite, Culture, and the Psychology of Food

Paperback Published: 1st April 2003
ISBN: 9781550225631
Number Of Pages: 175

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Tracing culinary customs from the Stone Age to the stovetop range, from the raw to the nuked, this book elucidates the factors and myths shaping Americans' eating habits. The diversity of food habits and rituals is considered from a psychological perspective. Explored are questions such as Why does the working class prefer sweet drinks over bitter? Why do the affluent tend to roast their potatoes? and What is so comforting about macaroni and cheese anyway? The many contradictions of Americans' relationships with food are identified: food is both a primal source of sensual pleasure and a major cultural anxiety; Americans adore celebrity chefs, but no one cooks at home anymore; the gourmet health food industry is soaring, yet a longtime love affair with fast food endures. The future of food is also covered, including speculation about whether traditional meals will one day evolve into the mere popping of a nutrition capsule.

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introduction: A Half-Baked Notionp. 13
From Myths to MacAttacksp. 29
You Are What You Eatp. 51
Feeding Frenziesp. 77
The McDonaldization of Tastep. 107
From the Raw to the Cooked to the Haute Cuisinep. 131
Champagne Slippers, the Twinkie Defense, and He-Man Dietsp. 161
The Road to Wellvillep. 183
Concluding Reflectionsp. 205
Sourcesp. 213
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9781550225631
ISBN-10: 1550225634
Series: 000439241
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 1st April 2003
Publisher: ECW Press,Canada
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29