The Tastemakers

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

Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)
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.


What the Critics Say

"Author David Sax provides an engaging narration of his investigation into food trends and those who create them... Sax's clear delivery flows smoothly, and his Canadian accent slips out endearingly in his pronunciation of certain words, including 'aboot' for 'about.'" (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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

Leaves Something to Be Desired

This book gives examples but fails to deliver a satisfying conclusion. In the end, it falls to its own presumptions and sales pitch.
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- Deep Reader

Book Details

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