The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner

The Angry Chef

"The popular understanding of nutrition is clouded by superstitions, primitive intuitions, conspiracy theories, and old wives' tales. This irreverent and intelligent expose brings sanity and good sense to one of life's great pleasures." ―Steven Pinker, author of Angels of Our Better NatureNever before have we had so much information available to us about food and health. There’s GAPS, paleo, detox, gluten-free, alkaline, the sugar conspiracy,...

Details The Angry Chef

TitleThe Angry Chef
Release DateJan 4th, 2018
PublisherONEWorld Publications
GenreNonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Science, Health, Cooking

Reviews The Angry Chef

  • Nabila
    I agree with so much of this book and am in complete favour of anything which aims to debunk nonsensical pseudoscience. I think the problems I had with the book were firstly, the angry, shouty style and 'cute' tics of having 'Science Columbo' probably work better in a blog format, in a full length book it becomes repetitive and annoying quite quickly. Another thing I found grating was the constant 'celeb' bashing (one in particular); now, I never...
  • Yuliya Yurchuk
    Нарешті хтось взяв і написав про те, що я давно підозрювала! "Здоровий" підхід до їжі має бути насправді здоровим, у значенні "здорового глузду"! Автор (насправді можна сказати колектив авторів, бо автор у написанні консультувався з багатьма науков...
  • Claire Kane
    Something in me wants to print this out and it out to everyone who thinks Gluten is bad for them, that potatoes are somehow not good for you and so on. I love debunking nutritional nonsense and as a long time sufferer of eating disorders nothing pisses me off more than someone demonising certain foods. I love this book and I recommend to everyone! a must read.
  • Startinmerc
    Bravo. Now I trust nothing. 3.8.
  • นรินทร์ โอฬารกิจอนันต์
    I am convinced of several points in this book. Anyway, I think potatoes do have some disadvantage; They have a very high GI index, as high as glucoses.
  • Michelle
    Post-truth, the food version. In this book, the Angry Chef explores a lot of the food myths that are taken as 'facts' and explores the science and, more often, the pseudoscience behind many popular dietary regimens. Warner seems to be inviting us to think critically when we are given 'information' regarding food, be it good or bad, and this seems to be the rule now generally: never take anything you hear as a 'fact'. If you are follower of one of...
  • Julia Jakobsen
    Very much in the vein of Ben Goldacre, The Angry Chef sets out to debunk clean eating myths and bad food science. It's a very interesting topic but unfortunately it comes across as jumbled and badly written. Too anecdotal and not enough research to back up some pretty wild statements (like how women were freed from the shackles of the kitchen by convenience foods and railing against homemade food), maybe it will be popular with teenagers in the t...
  • Laura
    Sorry to say this, but I did not like this book at all, I couldn't even get past chapter 6. It's a shame because lots of healthcare professionals and nutritionists were talking it up and promoting it. And I really, really wanted to like this book; the author just made it very difficult for me. There are (some) useful information and good points in there, of course. However, I couldn't find most of them as they are greatly overshadowed by the unap...
  • Saff
    If I could give it more than 5* I totally would. It was just brilliant.
  • Anna Maria Ballester Bohn
    Although it was more about science than about food, and the science was sometimes a bit hard to follow, I did enjoy this and took away some fundamentally useful ideas, like the regress to the mean. Other ideas I had were more or less confirmed, like the (fairly logical) one that any diet which completely restricts some kind of food, like sugar or flour or fat, a) will lead to some initial weight loss and b) will not be not very balanced, will it?...
  • Sharon
    Chef Anthony Warner has made a second career out of "debunking Nutribollocks" on his blog and social media. In this, his first book, he talks about how we have been swept up in a craze of clean eating, detoxing, and wellness. Split up into different chapters and sprinkled with humour, this was a really interesting and fun read. He debunks a lot of myths sold to us on a daily basis (detoxing IS NOT A THING), and investigates the darker side of som...
  • Kate Gordon
    SUCH an important, important, important book. Please read this book, all of you people.
  • Olga
    I feel sooo thankful for bumping into Angry Chef's blog and now reading his book! Seriously. I feel like they've boosted my immunity towards aggressive and manipulative media as well as decreased my confusion about what's "good" and what's a "no-no". In fact, I don't even care anymore)) After finishing this book I got this feeling we experience when being kids. When we don't yet know about skinny being sexy, pastries ruining our shapes, diets, "s...
  • Greencoffeepot
    This is a brilliant book, everyone that has ever considered any sort of diet, restricted eating or 'clean eating' should read this. At times very funny and enjoyable, this is also a very informative read that gives a proper explanation of what science is and how this applies to the world of food and eating. The insight in to certain restrictive diets and the crazy claims they make, particularly in relation to curing complex issues like autism and...
  • Carl Phillips
    A book that needed to be written given the proliferation of idiocy that exists today in the world in the name of dieting and healthy eating. The first and last thirds of the book are its strongest, looking at specific diets and fads and dismantling their nonsense systematically. The chapters on GAPS and the link between cancer and food were especially strong. The ending where he argues that allowing pseudoscience to exist even a little opens the ...
  • Keen
    “When modern medicine has little to offer, one of the few things people can control is their food. As their illness progresses and they start to feel worse, they will look for any intervention that might help. Many will find advice from alternative practitioners or the internet, often telling them to exclude certain things from their diet.”Warner, and his learned cohorts, like Goldacre’s “Bad Science” and Ernst & Singh’s “Trick Or T...
  • Tom Donaghey
    THE ANGRY CHEF: Bad Science and The Truth About Healthy Eating by Chef Anthony Warner is just what the title says it is. Chef Warner takes on all the health fade diets and new age cures for everything under the sun. Modern day snake oil salesmen have taken over the field of nutritious eating, expounding dozens of cures based on the worst type of science, on in many cases either nonexistent or disproven science. The “cures” they propose do cau...
  • Anka
    ⭐⭐ Angry Chef looks at specific diets and fads and tries to dismantle nonsense spread by self-proclaimed food experts. Even though I agree with a lot of what Anthony Warner says, I just couldn’t go through this badly written rant. There are other, less angry and more convincing ways to talk about popular nutritional myths and debunk fad diets such as paleo, gluten-free, alkaline, the sugar conspiracy, or clean eating.You really don’t need...
  • Mart Roben
    This book is like a finely cooked dish, with many layers of enjoyment. The main theme is scientific evidence (or lack thereof) for benefits of various food fads. In addition to raw facts, it explores the origins and psychology of persistent culinary nonsense. Elegant cussing and imaginary dialogues are also among the aforementioned layers.It’s no wonder pseudoscientific eating advice is so common - in a twisted way, bullshit diets often appear ...
  • Genetic Cuckoo
    *Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*This is an excellent book on food and the bad science behind different food fads and diets. It is engaging and well written, with humour throughout. Angry Chef is to food what Ben Goldacre is to medicine, passionate about explaining and dispelling pseudoscience, and genuinely seeking to enable you to make informed decisions based on science. I enjoyed the p...
  • Callum Soukup-Croy
    Warner writes in two voices on occasion, as his self and his instinctive brain. However, reading this book you feel as the whole thing may have been written by two people. The first half is superb, disproving fad diets using science-based evidence as well as combining a light, readable tone to keep it interesting. You get firmly on the side of the author, believing that he knows the truth that these 'nutritional therapists' are positing. However,...
    I didn't like so much the "blog way" of the author to convey a lot of useful information and tips to identify and destroy the pseudoscientist' theories and their faith in whatever is in fashion at this moment (detox, superfood, clean eating, paleo, gluten free, etc.etc.). I would have preferred a more scientific approach to demystifying rubbish, but if it makes the book more readable, for me is ok.La cosa che meno mi é piaciuta il il linguaggio ...
  • Chelsea Harrop
    This is a very funny and honest book that confronts a lot of the bullshit surrounding food. It's a lot more than just angry ranting though - Anthony Warner gives some solid advice on spotting pseudoscience and myths. You don't necessarily need to be into nutrition/healthy eating to enjoy this either. I have just one criticism: in the chapter on convenience foods, Warner says that "every time we criticise convenience choices, we are showing our de...
  • Angie-Leonie
    Okay I got my non fiction November tick (well done me), but I won't lie I knew nothing of the author and his work, I was intriged by the cover and a small note in the corner. Anyways, I laughed/howled/shook my finger and debated with my own beliefs with food while scrolling through the pages. It's been a while I've gobbled up a book that is not fiction and avoided people so I could finish. Great think piece on food science and the myths behind so...
  • Barry Turner
    I read this almost exactly after finishing The Piopii Diet by UK cardiologist and low carb guru Dr Aseem Malhotra. The doc expounds on why carbs have ignited the obesity epidemic but was rather quiet when I asked him if potatoes from my garden were evil. The Angry Chef has a website that debunks the so called pseudoscience surrounding food and nutrition. He takes his cudgel to coconut oil, the Paleo Diet, low carb obsession and sugar bashers. A l...
  • Sarah
    Real food for thought - while 'clean eating' has been exposed for orthorexia promotion, the ideas still linger, and so much current internet wisdom and 'proof' is taken as correct without question. A good reminder that correlation is not causation, that in scientific (rather than say economic) terms experts do exist for a reason, and a critical look at many different regimes and approaches to food.
  • Joanne
    I am not normally one to say a book is a "must read" as I don't like to put compulsion on any book. People should read what they enjoy as that's what encourages them to read more books! However, given all the BS on the internet these days, especially about foods and diets, I really do recommend this book and believe as many people as possible should read it and take on board what Anthony Warner is saying about food!
  • Hayley Gullen
    I always knew on some level that fad diets were bullshit, but this book really helped me to understand why, and have more confidence in this opinion.It's extremely informative, entertaining, and covers the full spectrum from so-called 'harmless' fads to deeply dangerous food practices.Highly recommended.
  • Phil Shapiro
    Finally, a bit of common sense...A fun, well-written book about the nonsense surrounding food and diet. If you think Gwyneth Paltrow has the answers, then this book surely isn't for you. If, however, you're pretty sure stickers can't cure cancer, read on.