At no point in history have edible items been so easy to obtain. Humans have always gone out and gathered food, but never before has it been so simple for us to gather anything we want, whenever and wherever we want it, from sachets of squid ink to strawberries in winter.
It's now becoming clear that the way that most people currently eat is not sustainable either for the planet or for human health. If we want to stop getting swallowed up by our own food and to reestablish eating as something that gives us both joy and health, it makes sense to find out where we are right now, how we got here and what it is that we share.
Why does it no longer seem odd that are able to eat sushi in Italy and Neapolitan pizza in Dubai?
What has happened to the food we eat to make this possible, and how have these blurred boundaries influenced cultural development as well as national appetites?
From bananas and grapes to ultraprocessed snacks, we may not spend enough time thinking about the origins of the food are eating or how their ingredients might have altered over time. In The Way We Eat Now, award-winning food writer Bee Wilson examines the current food climate, exploring how we have found ourselves here and at what potential cost.
The Way We Eat Now also introduces us to the countries and communities that are making revolutionary efforts towards improving their populations relationship with food and considers how we too might reestablish a more balanced connection with what as well as how we eat.
"Bee Wilson’s fascinating book is a guide to the future of food and how we eat and will be eating. Meticulously researched and written brilliantly." (Ken Hom)
"As she wrestles with how and what we eat Bee Wilson is fearless, rigorous, compassionate and totally readable. Thank God we have her." (Diana Henry)
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- Carman Chew
absolutely interesting and intriguing
Never would I have thought that I'd be so fascinated by a book on food. But from beginning until the end, she raises poignant point after point. A truly thought-provoking book that will change the way you eat and think about food.