Everyone in the public health world knows that people’s behaviors are shaped by their environments. But an often overlooked aspect of the environment is the cultural element. How do the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—shape our eating habits, the good and the bad? This is the question that Sophie Egan, food writer, UC Berkeley SPH alum, and Culinary Institute of America program director, addresses in her provocative, eye-opening book, Devoured. In Devoured, Sophie holds a mirror up to daily life, revealing the deeper meaning behind our food choices: from around-the-clock snacking to “Sad Desk Lunch;” from the American obsession with “having it our way” to “Stunt Foods,” like Doritos Locos Tacos.
Sophie Egan MPH ’14: Devoured
April 6, 2017