Fear of Food:
A History of Why We Worry about What We Eat
by Harvey Levenstein
TX360 .U6 L47 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
Now that we’ve gotten through the holiday season, we can breathe a sigh of a relief. The real question is: are those nice little ideas that you had to improve your life still going strong? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that one or more of them have to do with this week’s featured topic of food.
Levenstein, a Canadian history professor, explores the pandemonium that has surrounded what people put in their mouth as sustenance over the years. He details the factors behind these panic attacks, whether it be people with a hidden agenda or corporations with profits in mind. Filled with examples like the controversy surrounding eggs and red wine, the author serves as the unbiased authority in sorting out nutritional facts over manufactured fear in the form of marketing. This book will help in figuring out whether the newest diet rages really works for next year’s round of resolutions.