Real Food, Fake Food

  • by Larry Olmsted
  • Narrated by Jonathan Yen
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You've seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from sawdust. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn't. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans.
Real Food, Fake Food brings listeners into the unregulated food industry, revealing that this shocking deception extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It's a massive bait and switch where counterfeiting is rampant and where the consumer ultimately pays the price.
But Olmsted does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and savor: genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their crafts.

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What the Critics Say

"Narrator Jonathan Yen's conversational, expressive style makes it easy for listeners to absorb the sometimes surprising information about the food they think they're purchasing.... Yen deftly handles the required accents as author Olmsted travels around the world...." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Disappointed in how few foods were covered.

While I enjoyed the education about fake foods I was disappointed in how many foods were covered. I think he could have spent less time on each of the foods he covered and broadened the food selection.

The narration was enthusiastic. While I agree with other reviews that it was at times comical when the narrator put on one of his accents.

The book is definitely educational and I have recommended it to lots of friends already.
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- Perry Gallagher

Well, A Lot of Info About A Few Foods--

While I found "Real Food, Fake Food" informative and intriguing, it did go waaaay into depth about just a few foods. What it did go into was shocking, mind numbingly so. We buy anything if we're told just the right amount of information. There was one humorous bit where the author is dining with a woman who KNOWS cheese, and what they're about to grate on her dinner is NOT what they say it is. She wants to SEE the cheese, darn it!
I suppose I thought there'd be more about the industrialization of food that we eat, the chemicals that are addictive, but it wasn't that. It was about the duping of the public.
And we're buying it.
Good book, decent narration. I wouldn't spend a whole credit on it, though. But I am looking at the food on the shelves with a far narrower eye...!
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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books