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Food historian sheds light on the psychology of how we learn to eat

"First Bite: How We Learn to Eat" by Bee Wilson.
Basic Books

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We come into the world with milk as our only meal option, but how do we form our food choices once we’re weaned?

The answer depends on our parents, culture, gender and emotions, which means our palates may not always gravitate toward leafy greens and quinoa. The secret to reprogramming ourselves to reject unhealthy choices may mean learning what makes us go for the fast-food option in the first place.

Bee Wilson, author “First Bite: How We Learn to Eat,” talks to Larry Mantle today about our food habits and how we shape them. In her book, she delves into the hidden reasons behind our tastes and how to uncover what we learned to take those first bites, so we know how to improve our next ones.


Bee Wilson, author of “First Bite: How We Learn to Eat,” (Basic Books, 2015), and a food journalist. She tweets from @KitchenBee