The Gospel of Food
Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong
By Barry Glassner
(Ecco, Hardcover, 9780060501211, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 2007
Enjoy what you eat.
From the author of the national bestseller The Culture of Fear comes a rallying cry to abandon food fads and myths for calmer and more pleasurable eating.
For many Americans, eating is a religion. We worship at the temples of celebrity chefs. We raise our children to believe that certain foods are good and others are bad. We believe that if we eat the right foods, we will live longer, and if we eat in the right places, we will raise our social status. Yet what we believe to be true about food is, in fact, quite contradictory. Offering part exposé, part social com-mentary, sociologist Barry Glassner talks to chefs, food chemists, nutritionists, and restaurant critics about the way we eat. Helping us recognize the myths, half-truths, and guilt trips they promulgate, The Gospel of Food liberates us for greater joy at the table.
Barry Glassner is the author of the national bestseller The Culture of Fear. He is a professor of sociology at USC, and he lives in Los Angeles.
“Glassner exposes the strained interpretations, ‘prejudices dressed up as science,’ and pure fabrications behind much received wisdom.”
-New York Times
“Pure fun to read . . . Glassner is methodical and relentless in his exploration.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A master at the art of dissecting research.”
-New York Times Book Review
“It’s hard not to root for Glassner as he tilts against modern food dogma.”
-Wall Street Journal