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4.0 out of 5 stars An educational and entertaining look at the science of eating - highly recommended, 5 April 2013
This review is from: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Paperback)
If you were going to go on a journey along the Alimentary Canal the person you should take with you is Mary Roach. From the back of the book "Eating is the most pleasurable, gross, necessary, unspeakable biological process we humans undertake." and Roach takes us through pleasure, disgust and fascination usually on the same page. In this book I learned everything I didn't know I needed to know about spit. Lots about fistulation, all about pet food science, Fletcherizing, whether dinner can eat you back, dining unto death, too much information about how prisoners smuggle things (euphemistically known as "Hooping") Elvis's colon and the gaseous and other products of the long strange, varied and, in Roach's company, utterly fascinating tube at the centre of our existence. Roach is unafraid to ask questions and her enthusiasm is infectious here and she gets to speak to all sorts of folk who work in science and medicine that is of interest and she again displays the knack of bringing what could be dry science to life. She also manages to bring the often bizarre history of eating research to life.
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