ISBN: 9781615194056
Publishing: November 1, 2017
Price: $16.95 US
Paper Over Boards: 272 pages
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How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomachs
The Hidden Influences That Shape Your Eating Habits

From optical illusions, to genes, to the environment—the surprising factors that drive what, when, and how we eat

We make over 200 decisions—sometimes subconscious, often irrational—about food every day. Some of them we know we’re making: what to eat, how to eat it, and many more. What we don’t know is how each of those decisions is manipulated by our environment, the food industry, and our own irrational appetites.

Journalist Melanie Mühl and psychologist Diana von Kopp investigate more than 40 compelling, distinct questions and issues: Why do we like the foods we like? Is it because of our environment? Family? Taste buds? (All three?) Is raw food healthier than cooked food? (No!) Why do people overeat? Keep reading, and find out!

This book enables us to become more intelligent about food and how we eat, and offers insights that we’ll surely remember the next time we buy groceries, sit down at a restaurant, or go into the pantry looking for a snack.

“Journalist Muhl and psychologist von Kopp use behavioral psychology, biology, and neuroscience to uncover how our decisions about food are made.”—Publishers Weekly

“These essays are not only easy and amusing, they are also scientifically supported by appropriate studies and enriched with expert opinions. All this makes reading a pleasure.”—MIT Technology Review (Germany)

“This book offers an exciting new approach. There are many nutritional advisors, but Melanie Mühl has succeeded in accomplishing something that no one has ever done before—brain research into what we actually eat and why. It’s great fun to read.”
Markus Lanz, ZDF (Germany)

“Extremely refreshing reading that makes you think.”—Brigitte

“Melanie Mühl and Diana von Kopp are up to date on a wide range of scientific studies, of which they talk vividly, amusingly and with pragmatic skepticism. They supply ready ammunition for your next debate at the dining table.”—Der Tagesspiegel (The Daily Mirror, Berlin News)
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Coauthor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s blog Food Affair, which reaches hundreds of thousands of readers per month, Melanie Mühl is a features editor at FAZ as well as a feature journalist. Diana von Kopp is a psychologist fascinated by the fact that food has an immense impact on our brain, performance, and well-being. She dove into research and has been writing for Food Affair ever since.