The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor

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Simon and Schuster, 5 .. 2015 - 259 ˹
A lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing Americas health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.

In The Dorito Effect, Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nations number one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs or any other specific nutrient. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavorthe tastes we craveand the underlying nutrition.

Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Those perfectly round, red tomatoes that grace our supermarket aisles today are mostly water, and the big breasted chickens on our dinner plates grow three times faster than they used to, leaving them dry and tasteless. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab the very flavors that are being lost on the farm. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty. We have unknowingly interfered with an ancient chemical languageflavorthat evolved to guide our nutrition, not destroy it.

With in-depth historical and scientific research, The Dorito Effect casts the food crisis in a fascinating new light, weaving an enthralling tale of how we got to this point and where we are headed. Weve been telling ourselves that our addiction to flavor is the problem, but it is actually the solution. We are on the cusp of a new revolution in agriculture that will allow us to eat healthier and live longer by enjoying flavor the way nature intended.

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LibraryThing Review

Ԩóҡ  - KateSherrod - LibraryThing

I read a lot of long-form food journalism, and this is one of the best of these books I've ever read. The chapters on the relationship between actual flavor and nutrition are astonishing. It even ends ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

Review: The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor

Ԩóҡ  - Bookforum Magazine - Goodreads

"This exhaustively researched, economically argued, and passionately cogent examination of the disappearance of flavor from the American diet might be the first step in changing our food back into ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

ONE Things and Flavors
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TWO Big Bland
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THREE Big Flavor
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FOUR Big People
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FIVE The Wisdom of Flavor
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SIX Bait and Switch
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SEVEN Fried Chicken Saved My Life
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EIGHT The Tomato of Tomorrow
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NINE The Gospel According to Real Flavor
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How to Live Long and Eat Flavorfully
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Acknowledgments
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Notes
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Index
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Mark Schatzker is an award-winning writer based in Toronto. He is a radio columnist for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Condé Nast Traveler, and Bloomberg Pursuits. He is the author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor and Steak: One Mans Search for the Worlds Tastiest Piece of Beef.

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