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This book leads us on a fast paced debunking of the top 100 food myths. This is a great resource to hand to your spouse or significant other who knows nothing about cooking and say -- "see, now be quiet. The things I have been telling you are now in print." For an experienced cook, 95 of the 100 are already known but you may not know the exact reasons. Only a few are in the huh range.
The narration is a solid but slow in 1X speed. I listened to it in 3X speed and got through the entire book in a couple of hours. This is easily done. I wasn't interested in the recipes just the myths.
This book appeals to both the experienced home cook all the way to the neophyte. Professionals should skip it as all of what is in this book you already know. As long as you listen at a higher speed, it is definitely worth the listen.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version, but I imagine it would be a lot more enjoyable.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John McLain?
Anyone else. Well, except for Gilbert Gottfied, Hillary Clinton or Fran Drescher.
Any additional comments?
Narrator John McLain's delivery is slow, low, gravely, and full of an unnecessary snarky tone when he speaks. So weird and distracting sounding. And...he has an annoying tendency to go down in his voice during most of the phrasing and at the end the sentences he speaks. Reading a fun cooking & science book calls for a clear, authoritative, and ultimately fun voice. McLain does not fit at all on here.
I looked elsewhere on Audible for McLain's other books, and WOW! He's narrated dozens of others. He may be a good fit for some other styles, but definitely not this.
NOTE: Listening to this book at a faster speed (1.25x to 1.5x) does help a bit.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I also found debunking food myths that I thought had been debunked 20 years ago meant the whole concept of the book was lost on me. It is also from a heavy American point of view that I could not connect with. It's light breezy writing juxtaposed with heavy science didn't help either
Would you ever listen to anything by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough again?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The whimsical writing and delivery grates after a while and recipes don't really come across on audio.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I liked the science parts but too few and far between
Any additional comments?