Book Launch: The Eating Instinct

Journalist Virginia Sole-Smith launches her first book,The Eating Instinct, a personal and deeply reported exploration of how we learn to eat in today's toxic food culture  

Food is supposed to sustain and nourish us. Eating well, any doctor will tell you, is the best way to take care of yourself. Feeding well, any human will tell you, is the most important job a mother has. But for too many of us, food now feels dangerous. We parse every bite we eat as good or bad, and judge our own worth accordingly. When her newborn daughter stopped eating after a medical crisis, Virginia Sole-Smith spent two years teaching her how to feel safe around food again — and in the process, realized just how many of us are struggling to do the same thing.

The Eating Instinct visits kitchen tables around America to tell Sole-Smith’s own story, as well as the stories of women recovering from weight loss surgery, of people who eat only nine foods, of families with unlimited grocery budgets and those on food stamps. Every struggle is unique. But Sole-Smith shows how they’re also all products of our modern food culture. And they’re all asking the same questions: How did I learn to eat this way? Why is it so hard to feel good about food? And how can I make it better?

Event date: 

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

97 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250120984
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - November 13th, 2018

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