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Publisher's Summary

Ask children where food comes from, and they’ll probably answer, “the supermarket”. Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different. Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries. How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us every day?
©2007 Island Press (P)2007 Island Press
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Critic Reviews

"Vileisis gathers it all in one place, weaving a clear, easy-to-read tapestry whose meaning is plain by the end of the book: you are what you eat, so think about what you''ve been eating. This important and eye-opening book uncovers the machinery behind the modern food industry." ( Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gringuita on 05-27-12

Fabulous book -- anemic performance

If you could sum up Kitchen Literacy in three words, what would they be?

Thoroughly researched.

How could the performance have been better?

I have finally found the antidote to Scott Brick whose delivery of every sentence is charged with apocalyptic urgency, whether the book deals with deadly epidemic or tulip planting techniques.

In contrast, Alex Day's funereal delivery is somnolent in the extreme. Using my audible app, I have increased the speed to 1.5 and can now reach the end of sentences before having forgotten the beginnings. She also has a slight lisp... not upleasant.

But for goodness sake, learn to pronounce the words properly! Nothing does more to ruin a good book than an incorrectly pronounced word. She seems to have particular trouble with words beginning in "A." With very little effort I jotted down the following mis-pronounced words: Acumen, Automaton, Apposite, Arsenical. Thank goodness she didn't have to read "archetype. I feel certain she would have pronounced the "ch" as in "cheese"and I would have run screaming from the room.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia on 09-18-12

Great Book--Amateur Performance

Where does Kitchen Literacy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The content of the audiobook was fascinating. I really enjoyed the history of foods, food preservation, and an account of the slippery slope down to processed foods.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance, on the other hand, was just short of dreadful. I felt like I was listening to one of my middle school students reading. I mean--really--if you are going to record a book, at least learn to pronounce words of more than a few syllables.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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