Why You Eat What You Eat by Rachel Herz

Why You Eat What You Eat

In Why You Eat What You Eat, acclaimed neuroscientist Rachel Herz examines the sensory, psychological, neuroscientific, and physiological factors that influence our eating habits. Herz, who’s been praised for her “ability to cite and explain academic studies in a conversational manner” (Washington Post), uncovers the fascinating and surprising facts that influence food consumption—such as why bringing reusable bags to the grocery store en...

Details Why You Eat What You Eat

TitleWhy You Eat What You Eat
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreNonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Science, Health, Self Help, Psychology

Reviews Why You Eat What You Eat

  • Michelle Curie
    "Knowledge of how our mind and body are affected by our food choices, and how our senses and psychology alter our experience of food and the consequences of eating, is power." We've all got eating habits that might be more or less weird - some of us are picky eaters, others just can't stop binging, another group loves indulging in so-called comfort foods. Why You Eat What You Eat is a scientific exploration of how and why we form those habits. I ...
  • Christina Dudley
    (Also published on the bellevuefarmersmarket.org/blog.)When British mountaineer George Mallory was asked by a journalist, "Why did you want to climb Mt. Everest?" Mallory famously replied, "Because it's there." I feel like, for many of us, Why We Eat What We Eat might be summed up just as succinctly. Why did I finish everything on my plate, even though I wasn't hungry anymore? Because it was there. Why did I have a second cookie? Ditto. That hand...
  • Douglas Lord
    Most of today’s American/first-world cultures eat, posits Herz (neurogastronomy, Brown and Boston College) in a complicated manner that no longer has anything to do with hunger. Herz’s quest is the scientific endeavor to understand “…the interactions between our brain, food, and eating,” to figure out “…how and why do our senses, mind, and environment impact our experience of food and our motivation to eat? And how does food alter o...
  • Ronald
    The term ‘page turner’ is often used to describe a thriller; but in this case, I think that the term adequately describes “Why You Eat What You Eat”. Every page contained a nugget of information gathered from various universities’ social experiments. Food taste, texture, and smell are the determinants that come to mind when deciding what food to eat. But not as clear is the influence that experience, psychology, culture, and memory have...
    5.0 out of 5 stars"Our senses, mind, and environment are woven into our experience of eating."By booklover10 on December 26, 2017Format: HardcoverRachel Herz, the author of "Why You Eat What You Eat," is a sensory and cognitive neuroscientist whose area of interest is neurogastronomy, the science that explores how the brain affects food choices. Herz points out that our genetic makeup, senses, and surroundings have a great deal to do with what we...
  • Emily
    I was delighted to receive an advanced reading copy of this book by Rachel Herz, an esteemed expert of the science and psychology of the senses, who I am lucky to know here at Brown University. Rachel's newest book is a beautifully accessible overview of how the science of the brain and our senses influences why, what, and how we eat, as well as how we can hack this knowledge in our own eating lives—whether our food goals are to change our eati...
  • Genetic Cuckoo
    *I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book was surprisingly interesting. I enjoyed the way the chapters were broken down and the inclusion of personal accounts with different disordered, I think that helped to make the book more interesting and relatable. The advice on how to influence your psychology was very Interesting. This book is likely to appeal to a range of people, from scientists to anyone inter...
  • Cheryl
    This book provides details about the psychology of eating with science-backed research to support the findings. I enjoyed the case studies such as the one about Stan and learning how not being able to smell dramatically derailed his life. It was also interesting to learn about the different categories of eating disorders such as ARFID or anorexia.
  • Heidi
    I received a free copy of an uncorrected proof. I found this book fascinating!! Loved learning more about our senses and the strength of our associations. Many different studies are cited, and explained in thematic chapters.
  • Elisabeth
    Interesting. I would challenge some of her claims, but interesting.