The Lost Supper: Searching for the Future of Food in the Flavors of the Past

Recorded Books. Sept. 2023. 13:01 hrs. ISBN 9781980088837. $24.99. COOKING
Grescoe (Possess the Air) picks up the rallying cry from classic food polemics such as The Dorito Effect and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, arguing that mass-produced food is less flavorful, less healthy, and less sustainable. There are better options, even if it takes more work. Tim Fannon narrates with a calm, journalistic tone, lending gravity to the book’s argument. His narratorial approach is effective for much of the audiobook, as Grescoe visits locations worldwide in search of forgotten ingredients. However, though Fannon adds an occasional accent, listeners may note that his pronunciations aren’t consistently accurate or reflective of the place being described. Additionally, while his even, clear tones comfortably convey information, they do not blend harmoniously with Grescoe’s occasional forays into lush food descriptions. Grescoe obviously enjoys flavor and has strong opinions on what is worthy. Between global jaunts, the narrative returns home to Canada, where the author endeavors to share his discoveries with his family, imparting a relatable note for listeners who may have reservations about tasting insects or Roman fermented fish sauce.
VERDICT Although the audio presentation is somewhat uneven, Grescoe’s message that the world is bettered by eating adventurously and well will delight listeners interested in sustainability.
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