The Tastemakers

  • by David Sax
  • Narrated by David Sax
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tastemaker, n. Anyone with the power to make you eat quinoa.
Kale. Spicy sriracha sauce. Honeycrisp apples. Cupcakes. These days, it seems we are constantly discovering a new food that will make us healthier, happier, or even somehow cooler. Chia seeds, after a brief life as a novelty houseplant and I Love the ’80s punchline, are suddenly a superfood. Not long ago, that same distinction was held by pomegranate seeds, açai berries, and the fermented drink known as kombucha. So what happened? Did these foods suddenly cease to be healthy a few years ago? And by the way, what exactly is a "superfood" again?
In this eye-opening, witty work of reportage, David Sax uncovers the world of food trends: Where they come from, how they grow, and where they end up. Traveling from the South Carolina rice plot of America’s premier grain guru to Chicago’s gluttonous Baconfest, Sax reveals a world of influence, money, and activism that helps decide what goes on your plate. On his journey, he meets entrepreneurs, chefs, and even data analysts who have made food trends a mission and a business. The Tastemakers is full of entertaining stories and surprising truths about what we eat, how we eat it, and why.

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Informative - Engaging - Entertaining!

If you could sum up The Tastemakers in three words, what would they be?

Informative - Engaging - Entertaining! If you love cooking and food facts and trivia, it doesn't get much better than this.


What did you like best about this story?

I always suspected that many of our food preferences were shaped by the movers and shakers of the food industry and David Sax verified my suspicions and really explained how it works. I love his passion for food and his ability to engage his listener (in this case - me) and in a vicarious way take me with him behind the scenes. As a food lover/cook - this book was a joY!


Any additional comments?

I'd love to see more books like this. It's about something real - it's interesting and exciting.
Thanks Mr. Sax!

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- Rena "I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear."

A pleasant meander through food trends

David Sax will take you through food trends, from cupcakes to Baconfests to chia everything to why Indian food is always just about to take off. The book is ultimately not as cohesive as it might be and Sax is a little more sanguine about food trends than I am, but the writing and narration are both engaging – I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and had a good time.
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- Anna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios