Real Food, Fake Food

  • by Larry Olmsted
  • Narrated by Jonathan Yen
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You've seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from sawdust. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn't. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans.
Real Food, Fake Food brings listeners into the unregulated food industry, revealing that this shocking deception extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It's a massive bait and switch where counterfeiting is rampant and where the consumer ultimately pays the price.
But Olmsted does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and savor: genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their crafts.

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What the Critics Say

"Narrator Jonathan Yen's conversational, expressive style makes it easy for listeners to absorb the sometimes surprising information about the food they think they're purchasing.... Yen deftly handles the required accents as author Olmsted travels around the world...." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

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Interesting & fully researched

Pleased to find another book on the topic that's backed up by evidence & personal experience by the author. Narrator was good but few people can get away with imitating accents without it sounding either comical or vaguely (though unintentionally I'm sure) insulting.
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- Losa

Probably the worst book I have ever listened to.

the only good thing about this book is the narrator.
I listened to the whole book to just see if there was any redeeming things further down.
Unfortunately it is just a marketing book for an ignorant rich person who needs to be scared into buying even more expensive goods in even more expensive places.
the only real advice in it - eat whole foods and read the ingredients.
I wasted a lot of time listening to this, so hope it will save someone else the time and money.
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- Reg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-07-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books