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Gastrophysics - The New Science of Eating

Charles Spence

The science behind a good meal: all the sounds, sights, and tastes that make us like what we're eating—and want to eat more. Why do we consume 35 percent more food when eating with one other person, and 75 percent more when dining with three? How do we explain the fact that people who like strong coffee drink more of it under bright lighting? And why does green ketchup just not work? The answer is gastrophysics, the new area of sensory science pioneered by Oxford professor Charles Spence. Now he's stepping out of his lab to lift the lid on the entire eating experience—how the taste, the aroma, and our overall enjoyment of food are influenced by all of our senses, as well as by our mood and expectations. The pleasures of food lie mostly in the mind, not in the mouth. Get that straight and you can start to understand what really makes food enjoyable, stimulating, and, most important, memorable. Spence reveals in amusing detail the importance of all the "off the plate" elements of a meal: the weight of cutlery, the color of the plate, the background music, and much more. Whether we're dining alone or at a dinner party, on a plane or in front of the TV, he reveals how to understand what we're tasting and influence what others experience. This is accessible science at its best, fascinating to anyone in possession of an appetite. Crammed with discoveries about our everyday sensory lives, Gastrophysics is a book guaranteed to make you look at your plate in a whole new way.

The science behind a good meal: all the sounds, sights, and tastes that make us like what we're eating—and want to eat more. Why do we consume 35 percent more food when eating with one other person, and 75 percent more when dining with three? How do we explain the fact that people who like strong coffee drink more of it under bright lighting? And why does green ketchup just not work? The answer is gastrophysics, the new area of sensory science pioneered by Oxford professor Charles Spence. Now he's stepping out of his lab to lift the lid on the entire eating experience—how the taste, the aroma, and our overall enjoyment of food are influenced by all of our senses, as well as by our mood and expectations. The pleasures of food lie mostly in the mind, not in the mouth. Get that straight and you can start to understand what really makes food enjoyable, stimulating, and, most important, memorable. Spence reveals in amusing detail the importance of all the "off the plate" elements of a meal: the weight of cutlery, the color of the plate, the background music, and much more. Whether we're dining alone or at a dinner party, on a plane or in front of the TV, he reveals how to understand what we're tasting and influence what others experience. This is accessible science at its best, fascinating to anyone in possession of an appetite. Crammed with discoveries about our everyday sensory lives, Gastrophysics is a book guaranteed to make you look at your plate in a whole new way.
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The science behind a good meal: all the sounds, sights, and tastes that make us like what we're eating—and want to eat more. Why do we consume 35 percent more food when eating with one other person, and 75 percent more when dining with three? How do we explain the fact that people who like strong coffee drink more of it under bright lighting? And why does green ketchup just not work? The answer is gastrophysics, the new area of sensory science pioneered by Oxford professor Charles Spence. Now he's stepping out of his lab to lift the lid on the entire eating experience—how the taste, the aroma, and our overall enjoyment of food are influenced by all of our senses, as well as by our mood and expectations. The pleasures of food lie mostly in the mind, not in the mouth. Get that straight and you can start to understand what really makes food enjoyable, stimulating, and, most important, memorable. Spence reveals in amusing detail the importance of all the "off the plate" elements of a meal: the weight of cutlery, the color of the plate, the background music, and much more. Whether we're dining alone or at a dinner party, on a plane or in front of the TV, he reveals how to understand what we're tasting and influence what others experience. This is accessible science at its best, fascinating to anyone in possession of an appetite. Crammed with discoveries about our everyday sensory lives, Gastrophysics is a book guaranteed to make you look at your plate in a whole new way.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Sackville

Length:

10h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:12


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:17


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:57


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:31


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:28


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:32


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:12


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:24


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:20


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:57


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:36


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:41


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:19


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:24


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:43


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:43


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:24


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:06


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:35


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:03


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:39


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:26


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:13


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:41


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

00:35