Hungry book cover image Hungry: Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning

By Eve Turow-Paul '09

From the publisher:
We wait in lines around the block for scoops of cookie dough. We photograph every meal. We visit selfie performance spaces and leave lucrative jobs to become farmers and craft brewers. 

Why? What are we really hungry for?

In Hungry, Eve Turow-Paul '09 provides a guided tour through the stranger corners of today's global food and lifestyle culture. How are 21st-century innovations and pressures redefining people's needs and desires? How does "foodie" culture, along with other lifestyle trends, provide an answer to our rising rates of stress, loneliness, anxiety and depression?

Weaving together evolutionary psychology and sociology with captivating investigative reporting from around the world, Turow-Paul reveals the modern hungersphysical, spiritual and emotional—that are driving today's top trends:
  • The connection between the "death" of the cereal industry and access to work email on our smartphones;
  • How posting images of our dinners on social media both fulfills and feeds our hunger for human connection in an increasingly isolated world;
  • The ways "diet tribes" and boutique fitness gyms substitute for organized religion;
  • How access to round-the-clock news relates to the blowback against GMO foods;
  • Wellness retreats, astrology, plant parenthood and other methods of easing modern anxiety; and
  • Why "eating local" might be the key to solving not just climate change, but our current global sense of disconnection.

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