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First Bite by Bee Wilson
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This book is getting a fourth star from me for two main reasons. First, if I had to describe this book in one word, it would be “hopeful” and I feel like hope is something many of us need to hear about both our personal eating habits and the rising obesity trends around the world. Second, this was super readable (though I really like cognitive psychology so that could be my personal preference). Overall, this book presents the argument that eating well is a skill – something we learn, can unlearn, and can always improve upon. Drawing on tons of research, the book presents evidence for how our taste preferences are formed and just how malleable they can be. I also really enjoyed the sections about “disordered eating” beyond eating disorders, because YES – eating your feelings or eating for reasons that have nothing to do with hunger or NOT eating because of feelings are all issues. More than anything, this book is about the craziness of our culture in how we think about how children eat, picky eaters, and even the different ways we perceive feeding females versus males. Lots of interesting ideas here and some great practical advice for raising children with healthy, varied palettes as well as “introducing” adults to new foods and flavors.
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Reading Progress

November 23, 2015 – Shelved
November 23, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
August 18, 2016 – Started Reading
August 20, 2016 – Finished Reading
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: z2016_read_list
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: abonormal-pysch-and-deviance
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: food-history-culture-and-foodways
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: nonfiction
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: neurosci-cognition

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message 1: by C. (last edited Aug 24, 2016 09:58AM) (new)

C. How our society raises us to think about eating is powerful. Despite adoring animals since birth, it took me 30 years to shake the awful idea that they were edible. Acceptable as food products, permissible to tear into clothing material? No way. Crossing the threshold of thought, there was no temptation to go back. It was easy.


message 2: by Ursula (new)

Ursula  
Oh, I need to read this, Babe! Thanks for the review. :)

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