Check out this new addition to our non-fiction collection:

Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies – How What We Eat Defines Who We Are by Sophie Egan. In this interesting and informative book, food writer and Culinary Institute of America program director Sophie Egan addresses the question of how the values that define our national character shape our eating habits. She reveals the deeper meaning behind our food choices. We often choose convenience over health concerns. We obsess about having our food “our way” and patronize establishments that allow us to individualize our eating experience. She looks at the fascinating dynamic between highbrow food culture with its artisan and small batch products, and lowbrow fast food places. She weaves together insights from the fields of psychology, anthropology, food science, marketing, and behavioral economics to examine our relationship with the food we eat.

Included are some surprising facts:

Forty percent of American workers eat lunch at their desks.

Americans spend more than $20 billion each year trying to lose weight.

The average supermarket contains over 42,000 items.

There are 2,000 different kinds of snack bars on the market.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans eat 1.25 billion chicken wings.

Three quarters of American households have at least one carton of ice cream in their freezers.

This is just a sample of the enlightening information found in the book. So come in and learn all about food choices in our country.