First Bite

  • by Bee Wilson
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We do not come into the world with an innate sense of taste and nutrition; as omnivores, we have to learn how and what to eat, how sweet is too sweet, and what food will give us the most energy for the coming day. But how does this education happen? What are the origins of taste?
In First Bite, the beloved food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists to reveal that our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors, including family, culture, memory, gender, hunger, and love. An exploration of the extraordinary and surprising origins of our tastes and eating habits - from people who can eat foods only of a certain color to an amnesiac who can eat meal after meal without getting full - First Bite also shows us how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Alison Larkin's narration is SUPERB!

Would you consider the audio edition of First Bite to be better than the print version?

Yes, significantly. Alison Larkin is an outstanding narrator and she makes what at times can be repetitive text fresh and accessible.


What was one of the most memorable moments of First Bite?

Bee Wilson't passage on parents who force feed their kids!


Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

It's non fiction, so....


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't Force Feed Your Kids


Any additional comments?

I really liked Bee Wilson's Consider The Fork which won a best non fiction of the year award. I love the way Alison Larkin narrates. She's perfect for this one.

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- Mary Katherine Worth

Very Entertaining

Would you listen to First Bite again? Why?

I would listen again; it was so well read by Alison Larkin, and there was a lot of history and personal story details as well. I loved the mix.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Bee was my favorite; she's great, and she is not afraid to admit her mistakes and she's open minded and fun.


What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

I loved Alison Larkin's performance; she can do a lot of accents and she's brilliant. Was else has she done - I'm in!


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, there were parts that made me laugh and some of the history made me cry. Man, what we do to our children, UGH.


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- E. Acker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.