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We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers. Why? What are we really hungry for? In Hungry, Eve Turrow-Paul provides a guided tour through the stranger corners of today's global food and lifestyle culture. How are 21st-century innova We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers. Why? What are we really hungry for? In Hungry, Eve Turrow-Paul provides a guided tour through the stranger corners of today's global food and lifestyle culture. How are 21st-century innovations and pressures are redefining people’s needs and desires? How does “foodie” culture, along with other lifestyle trends, provide an answer to our rising rates of stress, loneliness, anxiety, and depression? Weaving together evolutionary psychology and sociology with captivating investigative reporting from around the world, Turow-Paul reveals the modern hungers—physical, spiritual, and emotional—that are driving today’s top trends: The connection between the “death” of the cereal industry and access to work email on our smartphones How posting images of our dinners on social media both fulfills and feeds our hunger for human connection in an increasingly isolated world The ways “diet tribes” and boutique fitness gyms substitute for organized religion  How access to round-the-clock news relates to the blowback against GMO foods Wellness retreats, astrology, plant parenthood, and other methods of easing modern anxiety Why “eating local” might be the key to solving not just climate change, but our current global sense of disconnection From gluten-free and Paleo diets to meal kit subscriptions, and from mukbang broadcast jockeys to craft beer, Hungry deepens our understanding of why we do what we do, and helps us find greater purpose and joy in today’s technology-altered world.


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We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers. Why? What are we really hungry for? In Hungry, Eve Turrow-Paul provides a guided tour through the stranger corners of today's global food and lifestyle culture. How are 21st-century innova We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers. Why? What are we really hungry for? In Hungry, Eve Turrow-Paul provides a guided tour through the stranger corners of today's global food and lifestyle culture. How are 21st-century innovations and pressures are redefining people’s needs and desires? How does “foodie” culture, along with other lifestyle trends, provide an answer to our rising rates of stress, loneliness, anxiety, and depression? Weaving together evolutionary psychology and sociology with captivating investigative reporting from around the world, Turow-Paul reveals the modern hungers—physical, spiritual, and emotional—that are driving today’s top trends: The connection between the “death” of the cereal industry and access to work email on our smartphones How posting images of our dinners on social media both fulfills and feeds our hunger for human connection in an increasingly isolated world The ways “diet tribes” and boutique fitness gyms substitute for organized religion  How access to round-the-clock news relates to the blowback against GMO foods Wellness retreats, astrology, plant parenthood, and other methods of easing modern anxiety Why “eating local” might be the key to solving not just climate change, but our current global sense of disconnection From gluten-free and Paleo diets to meal kit subscriptions, and from mukbang broadcast jockeys to craft beer, Hungry deepens our understanding of why we do what we do, and helps us find greater purpose and joy in today’s technology-altered world.

30 review for Hungry: Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    Sorry, I hated this book. It was drudgery to read, especially as the author so clearly seems to look down on... pretty much everybody. She smugly psychoanalyzes vegans, vegetarians, paleo folks, millennials, gluten-free folks, people who eat health food, poor people who eat at restaurants (how fiscally irresponsible), and on and on. She location-drops the way other writers name drop, as she does things like jet off to Hong Kong to interview influential vegetarian restaurant owners and such left Sorry, I hated this book. It was drudgery to read, especially as the author so clearly seems to look down on... pretty much everybody. She smugly psychoanalyzes vegans, vegetarians, paleo folks, millennials, gluten-free folks, people who eat health food, poor people who eat at restaurants (how fiscally irresponsible), and on and on. She location-drops the way other writers name drop, as she does things like jet off to Hong Kong to interview influential vegetarian restaurant owners and such left and right. She is very much the "I'm writing my PhD" kind of writer, quoting lots of studies, people she's interviewed and other authors. Most of all, she's just so condescending. Ugh. As someone who did cure chronic illness with healthy food and who has gluten free and vegetarian children, it was very hard to stomach how utterly obnoxiously she talks about people who eat in any way outside of the standard American diet. This is my least favorite book of the year so far, and I read a lot of books. I read a digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers. Why? What are we really hu I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers. Why? What are we really hungry for? In Hungry, Eve Turow-Paul provides a guided tour through the stranger corners of today's global food and lifestyle culture. How are 21st-century innovations and pressures are redefining people’s needs and desires? How does “foodie” culture, along with other lifestyle trends, provide an answer to our rising rates of stress, loneliness, anxiety, and depression? Weaving together evolutionary psychology and sociology with captivating investigative reporting from around the world, Turow-Paul reveals the modern "kinds of hunger"—physical, spiritual, and emotional—that are driving today’s top trends: - The connection between the “death” of the cereal industry and access to work email on our smartphones - How posting images of our dinners on social media both fulfils and feeds our hunger for human connection in an increasingly isolated world - The ways “diet tribes” and boutique fitness gyms substitute for organized religion - How access to round-the-clock news relates to the blowback against GMO foods - Wellness retreats, astrology, plant parenthood, and other methods of easing modern anxiety - Why “eating local” might be the key to solving not just climate change, but our current global sense of disconnection From gluten-free and Paleo diets to meal kit subscriptions, and from mukbang broadcast jockeys to craft beer, Hungry deepens our understanding of why we do what we do, and helps us find greater purpose and joy in today’s technology-altered world. I loved the mere thought of this book - as I make fun of foodies all the time and their Instagram posts (I only post food on vacation to go with GoogleMaps and Trip Advisor!). I also make fun of social media influences and said ilk as they seem hungry for ... LIFE. The fact that avocado toast made it into the world of the Gallaghers on "Shameless" and "Patsy's Pies" made me lol several times while reading this book and thinking about the connection. This book is well written and utterly fascinating. to look into the souls of, well, frankly, millennials, and to try and figure out how they work This is not a casual read: this is a treatise into modern life - these people need to read some books and turn off their devices and FIND THEMSELVES!!! Read this book at book club ... it is a page-turner and totally discussable. Here I go: **************** As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 📱📱📱📱📱 Ps i live in a medium size city in Canada and if i could only spend 30% of my income on rent, I'd be happy as a pig in pooh. It's not just big cities that leave people rent poor. I am over 60% and I live in a crappy place!!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ell

    Hungry is a decidedly informative and thought-provoking book. The book is well-written and expertly composed. This book explores “foodie” culture and our physical, spiritual, and emotional hunger. These are salient issues I was eager to learn more about. I personally would have appreciated a more engaging and conversational style. Having said that, the book delivers on its promise to fully explore what it is we currently hunger for and what it is we are getting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ The Trash Empress ✨️ Campbell

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Karishma

    Thank you to NetGalley and Eve Turow-Paul for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy of Hungry in exchange for an honest review! Hungry explores millennial foodie culture through researching and explaining trends, such as foodstagram accounts, mukbangs, food delivery apps, and more. Turow-Paul seeks to answer the question, "How are 21st-century innovations and pressures are redefining people’s needs and desires?" Rating: 4/5 stars. The psychology of 21st century foodie culture and "wellness diets" ov Thank you to NetGalley and Eve Turow-Paul for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy of Hungry in exchange for an honest review! Hungry explores millennial foodie culture through researching and explaining trends, such as foodstagram accounts, mukbangs, food delivery apps, and more. Turow-Paul seeks to answer the question, "How are 21st-century innovations and pressures are redefining people’s needs and desires?" Rating: 4/5 stars. The psychology of 21st century foodie culture and "wellness diets" overtaking social media these days was fascinating to read about in this book! The author's connection of how these trends seek to fulfill a physical, spiritual, social, and emotional hunger was something that I had not considered before. This book utilizes a lot of studies and statistics from the U.S. as well as other countries, which are pretty eye-opening. While this did take a long time for me to read because of all the statistics/numbers, I would recommend Hunger to anyone who wants to learn more about the "why" of today's food obsessed culture and trends!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book Babe2333

    So it took me a bit to get into this book. I did by the third chapter but it was a slow read. I didn’t agree with everything the author put out there but that is always the case. It was nice to read someone else’s take on the world we are all experiencing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    The formatting of this book made it quite difficult to follow. However, it was an interesting read, full of facts and figures. It’s mainly based on USA figures and habits, but don’t let that put you off. Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam Rosen

    I am very impressed with this book. There was a LOT of content within its pages, causing much-needed reflection on important topics that surrounds us in the 21st century. Upon first impression, I thought this book was JUST going to talk about food trends, food sourcing, etc. While this book does a great job touching upon those subjects, it digs much deeper than that. "Hungry" looks at the human behavior behind trends (such as foodie culture, Instagramming, digital life, etc) and how Eve construc I am very impressed with this book. There was a LOT of content within its pages, causing much-needed reflection on important topics that surrounds us in the 21st century. Upon first impression, I thought this book was JUST going to talk about food trends, food sourcing, etc. While this book does a great job touching upon those subjects, it digs much deeper than that. "Hungry" looks at the human behavior behind trends (such as foodie culture, Instagramming, digital life, etc) and how Eve constructs educated theories behind these drives based on loads and loads of academic studies and credible/relevant sources. This book did an excellent job of organizing its content around Maslow's hierarchy of needs. By drawing the Maslow-Food behavior parallel throughout her book, it, in turn, helped me organize my thoughts and emotions about the book's content. Also, Eve has an excellent talent in her writing, where she expertly balances between factual reporting and journalistic storytelling. Not only that, but Eve amazed me by blending 2 fields of study (food/nutrition and psychology) together in such a cohesive way. Kudos! You do not have to be an expert in food culture (trust me, I am not) to get lost in this book. This book covers a wide array of professions, subjects, and interests to satisfy the reader's taste. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Hungry. What are we hungry for? This book, full of stats, studies, and information tries to answer that. My daughter takes photos of her food and posts it on FB and Instagram, she also gets a food box from a local farm and boxes in the mail from food companies like Hello Fresh and Amazon for convenience so she doesn't have to go to the store but what does it all mean? I don't know and even after reading this book I still really don't understand the reason for it all. The numbers don't really exp Hungry. What are we hungry for? This book, full of stats, studies, and information tries to answer that. My daughter takes photos of her food and posts it on FB and Instagram, she also gets a food box from a local farm and boxes in the mail from food companies like Hello Fresh and Amazon for convenience so she doesn't have to go to the store but what does it all mean? I don't know and even after reading this book I still really don't understand the reason for it all. The numbers don't really explain the human psyche and there have been food fads since time immemorial though I hope the trends t local, healthier, less meat-based diets continue. The quarantine made many of us bakers and to rediscover the family dinner table. Will this pause make us think our lives and change the numbers in this book? This book is not for everyone but if you want to take the time to read it and digest the stats and information you can come to your own conclusions. I guess I read this book hoping it would explain some of the foodie behaviors of today and I am still mystified. Maybe it depends on your generation. I found the traveling interesting also. Obviously written before the quarantine. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me read this book in exchange for a review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Konet

    This is not your typical. If you are looking for food or diet recipes, you will not want to read this. You still should anyway because it is filled with food statistics and the foodie craze. Some of the insights and point of view of author was quite funny, although that wasn't the main point of the book. I don't know how research she did for this book or it was all by experiences as foodie, but it was detailed. There were some early pages about certain ages spending more money on expensive than This is not your typical. If you are looking for food or diet recipes, you will not want to read this. You still should anyway because it is filled with food statistics and the foodie craze. Some of the insights and point of view of author was quite funny, although that wasn't the main point of the book. I don't know how research she did for this book or it was all by experiences as foodie, but it was detailed. There were some early pages about certain ages spending more money on expensive than they could afford, and this was repeated a few times throughout; a little off putting. I just had to remind myself that most of these experiences and opinions were her own that she was trying to share. All in all, a decent about what it means to be a foodie. Thanks to NetGalley, Eve Turow-Paul and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an review. The opinions of this review are all my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maude

    It took me such a long time to read this book, because I wanted to make sure I understood every single point the author was making, and I kept taking notes and quotes because I found so many excellent arguments in there ! The psychology of foodie culture is such an interesting topic - along with the diet culture that we live in, and the "wellness diets" overtaking social media - and this book explores the different aspects of our relationship to food, social standing and technology in a very org It took me such a long time to read this book, because I wanted to make sure I understood every single point the author was making, and I kept taking notes and quotes because I found so many excellent arguments in there ! The psychology of foodie culture is such an interesting topic - along with the diet culture that we live in, and the "wellness diets" overtaking social media - and this book explores the different aspects of our relationship to food, social standing and technology in a very organized way. The author makes an effort to explain the different psychological theories used in the development of her ideas, including Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and resulting in an extremely thought-provocative and informative book. I would recommend it to people interested in the psychology behind all the current foodie trends and eating behaviors, and people who aren't too put off by a relatively dense and slow book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    Thank you to the author, BenBella Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I found this a very informative and thought-provoking read. I love to cook, and to enjoy a meal with friends - and this book gave me a lot of insight into why this is such a thing for me, and what has changed in the last 50 years in terms of consumer tastes, lifestyle and food culture.. I loved that the author did not just look at food trends, but also focused on the human behavior behind trends, an Thank you to the author, BenBella Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I found this a very informative and thought-provoking read. I love to cook, and to enjoy a meal with friends - and this book gave me a lot of insight into why this is such a thing for me, and what has changed in the last 50 years in terms of consumer tastes, lifestyle and food culture.. I loved that the author did not just look at food trends, but also focused on the human behavior behind trends, and continually brought it back to the Maslow pyramid, which is such a basic building block of human behavior. I found the mix of academic and factual writing, and journalistic storytelling great in terms of creating a foundation and then making it personal.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin Fischer

    Hungry is not your typical food book, exploring how foodie culture reflects the current cultural norms and technological innovation. I found all of the research in this book fascinating, as well as the connections the author was able to make between our increasing reliance on technology for connection and the ways they explain our behaviors and trends, from mukbangs, food influencers, foodie culture, food delivery apps, increasing rates of veganism, and more. I would highly recommend this book t Hungry is not your typical food book, exploring how foodie culture reflects the current cultural norms and technological innovation. I found all of the research in this book fascinating, as well as the connections the author was able to make between our increasing reliance on technology for connection and the ways they explain our behaviors and trends, from mukbangs, food influencers, foodie culture, food delivery apps, increasing rates of veganism, and more. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in social science, or who wants to gain insight into how our relationship to food is changing in the post-modern era.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book is an excellent expose of the psychology behind all the millennial foodies, food-obsessed culture, food selfies, and "real" food movements. It attempts to chart a course for how food preparation and manufacturing will be changed in the future. This is not a cookbook! The author has researched the "why" behind so much of the culture today, exploring what is driving the movement toward such a food-centric culture. I found the book slightly interesting, but not compelling. I am not a millen This book is an excellent expose of the psychology behind all the millennial foodies, food-obsessed culture, food selfies, and "real" food movements. It attempts to chart a course for how food preparation and manufacturing will be changed in the future. This is not a cookbook! The author has researched the "why" behind so much of the culture today, exploring what is driving the movement toward such a food-centric culture. I found the book slightly interesting, but not compelling. I am not a millennial so that might be part of the reason! I received a free ARC as a reviewer for NetGalley!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Egan

    Eve is an extremely gifted writer. Her style is energetic, accessible, crisp, and endlessly enjoyable and intellectually stimulating to read. She is also a gifted researcher, who packs a ton of information into easy-to-read stories and analysis. This book is about food culture, for sure, but it's really about us: It provides powerful keys to unraveling the onion of humans' most fundamental needs and desires. You'll leave the book smarter; more attune to yourself, your colleagues, family, and fri Eve is an extremely gifted writer. Her style is energetic, accessible, crisp, and endlessly enjoyable and intellectually stimulating to read. She is also a gifted researcher, who packs a ton of information into easy-to-read stories and analysis. This book is about food culture, for sure, but it's really about us: It provides powerful keys to unraveling the onion of humans' most fundamental needs and desires. You'll leave the book smarter; more attune to yourself, your colleagues, family, and friends; and having had a ton of fun along the way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    James

    Hungry is a focused look at how we are finding comfort in our stress-filled world. Turow-Paul really made me think about my own behaviors and how they have been heavily influenced by the technology that has become omnipresent in my (and, really everyone's) life. There is original research which gives the book extra credibility and the writing ties this data together nicely. Hungry is definitely a worthy read for anyone who is interested in human behavior, especially during this time of change th Hungry is a focused look at how we are finding comfort in our stress-filled world. Turow-Paul really made me think about my own behaviors and how they have been heavily influenced by the technology that has become omnipresent in my (and, really everyone's) life. There is original research which gives the book extra credibility and the writing ties this data together nicely. Hungry is definitely a worthy read for anyone who is interested in human behavior, especially during this time of change that we are all living through.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    An examination of the psychology behind foodies, food-selfies, Mukbang, and the multi-cultural, multi-generational food obsession. From food selfies, and "tribal" lifestyle movements to GMO's, Organics, Vegans, and the decline of nutrients from the soil to the food supply, this is an interesting read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise Anderson

    Hard to see who this book is for; lots of references but the book is not really scholarly. Instead it's full of anecdotes used to make the author's points. The book jumps around the world, raising questions on whether the author really is an expert on so many different regions (doesn't seem to be from the contents).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Really enjoyed this book. Given the food culture that we live in this book did a great job of hitting on some really great points. Overall great read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brad Zamer

    A great read! An interesting and inciteful look at the relationships between food and society

  22. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    I wanted to love this book-- the copy describes something I'd love to read. Unfortunately, I found this to be a bit of a slog. The author can't quite balance the first-person narrative storytelling with the data, and ends up sort of overwriting. There's definitely some interesting stuff in here, particularly exploring the "why" of millennial foodie culture, but I wouldn't purchase this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ioanna

    Avocado toast. Artisan beer. Foodstagram. What drives our obsession of food? Is it mere hunger? Are are we looking for something more intricate? In an enjoyable and intriguing read, Eve Turow-Paul has assembled facts on global food trends, blended them with sociological facts, and attempted to provide us with answers to questions around how we as people manage the concept of food: what makes us tick, and why. Hungry is an attempt to answering basic questions about our behavior around food, and it' Avocado toast. Artisan beer. Foodstagram. What drives our obsession of food? Is it mere hunger? Are are we looking for something more intricate? In an enjoyable and intriguing read, Eve Turow-Paul has assembled facts on global food trends, blended them with sociological facts, and attempted to provide us with answers to questions around how we as people manage the concept of food: what makes us tick, and why. Hungry is an attempt to answering basic questions about our behavior around food, and it's done in a very interesting and enjoyable way.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robby

    In Hungry, Eve Turow-Paul weaves a compelling narrative on the confluence of today's food trends, climate change, the vast influence of technology on lifestyle, and how these all commingle not only in the lives of Gen Z and Millenials but in every generational group across the globe. This book is deeply researched, which makes for a fascinating and eye-opening read throughout. Turow-Paul's incredibly adept story-telling beautifully blends the facts and figures of today's leading studies on human In Hungry, Eve Turow-Paul weaves a compelling narrative on the confluence of today's food trends, climate change, the vast influence of technology on lifestyle, and how these all commingle not only in the lives of Gen Z and Millenials but in every generational group across the globe. This book is deeply researched, which makes for a fascinating and eye-opening read throughout. Turow-Paul's incredibly adept story-telling beautifully blends the facts and figures of today's leading studies on human behavior, psychology, technology's pervasiveness, and food trends with personal narratives and stories of real, everyday people across the world. This is a feat not easily accomplished but expertly executed here. Hungry will leave you with an incredible understanding of how people today are grappling with the digital age and why they are so often turning to food to find connection in any increasingly tech-dominated world. I highly recommend this read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  26. 5 out of 5

    Annie Carlson

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kason Mauck

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