Why You Eat What You Eat by Rachel Herz PhD
The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food

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Though occasionally didactic, the narrative is undergirded by Herz’s understanding that one size never fits all, and it contains useful passages for every reader.
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An eye-opening exploration of the psychology of eating in today’s unprecedented North American pantry of abundance, access, and excess.

In Why You Eat What You Eat, acclaimed neuroscientist Rachel Herz examines the sensory, psychological, neuroscientific, and physiological factors that influence our eating habits. Herz, who’s been praised for her “ability to cite and explain academic studies in a conversational manner” (Washington Post), uncovers the fascinating and surprising facts that influence food consumption―such as why bringing reusable bags to the grocery store encourages us to buy more treats, how our beliefs can affect how many calories we burn, why TV influences how much we eat, and how what we see and hear changes how food tastes―and reveals useful techniques for improving our experience of food, such as how aromas can help curb cravings and tips on how to resist repeated trips to the buffet table.

Why You Eat What You Eat presents our relationship to food as a complicated recipe, whose ingredients―taste, personality, and emotions―combine to make eating a potent and pleasurable experience. Herz weaves curious findings and compelling facts into a narrative that tackles important questions, revealing how psychology, neurology, and physiology shape our relationship with food, and how food alters the relationship we have with ourselves and each other.

 

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Published December 26, 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company. 352 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Cooking, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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on Aug 28 2017

Though occasionally didactic, the narrative is undergirded by Herz’s understanding that one size never fits all, and it contains useful passages for every reader.

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