"A rich and fascinating narrative that reaches deep into the historical and cultural larder of societal experience, powerfully illustrating the myriad ways that food matters as an essential condiment for humanity."–Danny Meyer, founder of Union Square Hospitality Group and Shake Shack
"Freedman is a master historian. Methodical and dexterous, he laces historical accounts with analysis and storytelling that informs and delights."–Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and author of The Third Plate
"With wit, erudition and urgency, Paul Freedman casts a wide net across history and global cultures to show how we are defined by the food we eat–and ignore it at our peril."–Andrew Coe, author of Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States
"Highly entertaining and critically astute, Why Food Matters
is a serious look at the evolution of the language of food. We have to turn to history to understand how we want food to look like in the future. Paul Freedman's brilliant telling of historical and contemporary foodways–their successes and failures–provides many laugh-out-loud, shaking head, lightbulb, and aha!
moments."–Elizabeth Falkner, chef and creative director, ChEF Productions
"Wide-ranging, surprising, and deliciously readable. Paul Freedman conveys his deep knowledge and passion for the history of food in lively, lucid prose, revealing the myriad ways we define ourselves through what we eat."–Irina Dumitrescu, University of Bonn