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Hungry: Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  34 reviews

We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers.

Why? What are we really hungry for?

In Hungry, Eve Turrow-Paul provides a guided tour through the stranger corners of today's global food and lifestyle culture. How are 21st-century innova

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by BenBella Books
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Alicia Bayer
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sorry, I hated this book. It was drudgery to read, especially as the author so clearly seems to look down on... pretty much everybody. She smugly psychoanalyzes vegans, vegetarians, paleo folks, millennials, gluten-free folks, people who eat health food, poor people who eat at restaurants (how fiscally irresponsible), and on and on. She location-drops the way other writers name drop, as she does things like jet off to Hong Kong to interview influential vegetarian restaurant owners and such left ...more
I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers.

Why? What are we really hu
Denver Public Library
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dodie, nonfiction
In Hungry, Eve Turow-Paul breaks down how today’s top food, wellness and lifestyle trends—from gluten-free to the DIY movement—reflect a global culture hungry for control, community and purpose. Weaving together evolutionary psychology and sociology, original research and captivating investigative reporting from around the world (from a futuristic grocery store in Beijing to a vegan speed dating event in New York City), Hungry reveals our most basic human needs and reviews how today’s technology ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Hungry is a decidedly informative and thought-provoking book. The book is well-written and expertly composed. This book explores “foodie” culture and our physical, spiritual, and emotional hunger. These are salient issues I was eager to learn more about. I personally would have appreciated a more engaging and conversational style. Having said that, the book delivers on its promise to fully explore what it is we currently hunger for and what it is we are getting.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, and would give it 4.5 stars if I could. In "Hungry" Turow-Paul dives into the food, fitness, and home trends of the twenty-teens, analyzing the psychology behind their origins. She asserts that trends like sourdough bread baking, the keto diet, "mukbang" videos, houseplant ownership, and CrossFit all have something important in common: they're tied back to the basic human needs of control, belonging, and purpose, which are increasingly hard to come by in the digital a ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Eve Turow-Paul for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy of Hungry in exchange for an honest review!

Hungry explores millennial foodie culture through researching and explaining trends, such as foodstagram accounts, mukbangs, food delivery apps, and more. Turow-Paul seeks to answer the question, "How are 21st-century innovations and pressures are redefining people’s needs and desires?"

Rating: 4/5 stars. The psychology of 21st century foodie culture and "wellness diets" ov
This Feral Housewife
So it took me a bit to get into this book. I did by the third chapter but it was a slow read. I didn’t agree with everything the author put out there but that is always the case. It was nice to read someone else’s take on the world we are all experiencing.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The formatting of this book made it quite difficult to follow. However, it was an interesting read, full of facts and figures. It’s mainly based on USA figures and habits, but don’t let that put you off.

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
Sam Rosen
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am very impressed with this book. There was a LOT of content within its pages, causing much-needed reflection on important topics that surrounds us in the 21st century. Upon first impression, I thought this book was JUST going to talk about food trends, food sourcing, etc. While this book does a great job touching upon those subjects, it digs much deeper than that. "Hungry" looks at the human behavior behind trends (such as foodie culture, Instagramming, digital life, etc) and how Eve construc ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Hungry. What are we hungry for? This book, full of stats, studies, and information tries to answer that. My daughter takes photos of her food and posts it on FB and Instagram, she also gets a food box from a local farm and boxes in the mail from food companies like Hello Fresh and Amazon for convenience so she doesn't have to go to the store but what does it all mean? I don't know and even after reading this book I still really don't understand the reason for it all. The numbers don't really exp ...more
Lisa Konet
This is not your typical. If you are looking for food or diet recipes, you will not want to read this. You still should anyway because it is filled with food statistics and the foodie craze. Some of the insights and point of view of author was quite funny, although that wasn't the main point of the book. I don't know how research she did for this book or it was all by experiences as foodie, but it was detailed.

There were some early pages about certain ages spending more money on expensive than
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me such a long time to read this book, because I wanted to make sure I understood every single point the author was making, and I kept taking notes and quotes because I found so many excellent arguments in there ! The psychology of foodie culture is such an interesting topic - along with the diet culture that we live in, and the "wellness diets" overtaking social media - and this book explores the different aspects of our relationship to food, social standing and technology in a very org ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Thank you to the author, BenBella Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I found this a very informative and thought-provoking read. I love to cook, and to enjoy a meal with friends - and this book gave me a lot of insight into why this is such a thing for me, and what has changed in the last 50 years in terms of consumer tastes, lifestyle and food culture.. I loved that the author did not just look at food trends, but also focused on the human behavior behind trends, an
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
This one left me a bit conflicted. While I enjoyed the voluminous amount of statistics and trends the author shared, I’m not sure that her overall thesis that technology impacts our ability to fulfill our innate needs came together in a convincing manner. Yes, we are hopelessly addicted to our phones and social media; and yet, we still need human interaction; and yes, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is being affected by technology; but yeah, we’re using our hands and knitting and baking bread more t ...more
Lara Van Hulzen
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be an excellent book. I appreciated the author sharing from her own experiences as a Millennial and her willingness to ask what was motivating her to spend her money on meals out rather than saving. She does great research and although she gives frightening facts and stats about the influence of media and the Digital Age, she also shares the positives that can come from communities discovered and even how the DIY craze has led to many leaving corporate jobs to open bakeries and o ...more
Ian yarington
I'm torn on how to review this book. I thought it was well put together and Turow-Paul is an excellent writer, couple that with an interesting premise, and the book should have appealed to me more. I read another reviewer say that Turow-Paul "smuggly psychoanalyzes" and goes on to list a ton of types of people. I wouldn't go as far as to say smuggly psychoanalyzes but I certainly understand why the other reviewer felt that way. In spots the writing feels very academic, or what I like to call, ac ...more
Erin Fischer
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hungry is not your typical food book, exploring how foodie culture reflects the current cultural norms and technological innovation. I found all of the research in this book fascinating, as well as the connections the author was able to make between our increasing reliance on technology for connection and the ways they explain our behaviors and trends, from mukbangs, food influencers, foodie culture, food delivery apps, increasing rates of veganism, and more.

I would highly recommend this book t
Sophie Egan
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eve is an extremely gifted writer. Her style is energetic, accessible, crisp, and endlessly enjoyable and intellectually stimulating to read. She is also a gifted researcher, who packs a ton of information into easy-to-read stories and analysis. This book is about food culture, for sure, but it's really about us: It provides powerful keys to unraveling the onion of humans' most fundamental needs and desires. You'll leave the book smarter; more attune to yourself, your colleagues, family, and fri ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hungry is a focused look at how we are finding comfort in our stress-filled world. Turow-Paul really made me think about my own behaviors and how they have been heavily influenced by the technology that has become omnipresent in my (and, really everyone's) life. There is original research which gives the book extra credibility and the writing ties this data together nicely. Hungry is definitely a worthy read for anyone who is interested in human behavior, especially during this time of change th ...more
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book, but it just did not capture my attention. Many of the things discussed I had already read about in other books or from other sources. I struggled to finish it because of this.
I also found it to be a bit dry.
This was not the book for me. Others may find it engaging.
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.
Denise Anderson
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway
Hard to see who this book is for; lots of references but the book is not really scholarly. Instead it's full of anecdotes used to make the author's points. The book jumps around the world, raising questions on whether the author really is an expert on so many different regions (doesn't seem to be from the contents). ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
An examination of the psychology behind foodies, food-selfies, Mukbang, and the multi-cultural, multi-generational food obsession. From food selfies, and "tribal" lifestyle movements to GMO's, Organics, Vegans, and the decline of nutrients from the soil to the food supply, this is an interesting read. ...more
Underlined a few things; thought a lot about the section on social media and its distraction effect, in relation to productivity and anxiety; reading the last section kind of made me want to become a farmer -- also, I read this because the author is speaking at EatDenver's EDTalks on March 24 and you're all invited to join us. ...more
Elizabeth Mason
Heavily researched. I accidentally deleted my original review. But I found the last chapter regarding nature to be the best part of the book, I found myself highlighting a lot of that chapter and being super engrossed in it.
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Given the food culture that we live in this book did a great job of hitting on some really great points. Overall great read.
Csimplot Simplot
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Brad Zamer
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read! An interesting and inciteful look at the relationships between food and society
Michelle Pulignani
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very interesting.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book is interesting. Narrator on audiobook is atrocious!
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