Taco Bell is an American chain of fast-food restaurants based in Irvine, California. A subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., they serve a variety of Tex-Mex foods including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, other specialty items, and a variety of "value menu" items. Taco Bell serves more than 2 billion customers each year in more than 6,500 restaurants mostly in the U.S., more than 80 percent of which are owned and operated by independent franchisees....LESS
A provocative look at how and what Americans eat and why a flavorful blend of The Omnivore s Dilemma, Salt Sugar Fat, and Freakonomics that reveals how the way we live shapes the way we eat.
Food writer and Culinary Institute of America director Sophie Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that define our national character work, freedom, and progress and our eating habits, the good and the bad. Egan explores why these values make for such an unstable, and often unhealthy, food culture and, paradoxically, why they also make America s cuisine so great.
Egan raises a host of intriguing questions: Why does McDonald s have 107 items on its menu? Why are breakfast sandwiches, protein bars, and gluten-free anything so popular? Will bland, soulless meal replacements like Soylent revolutionize our definition of a meal? The search for answers takes her across the culinary landscape, from the prioritization of convenience over health to the unintended consequences of perks like free meals for employees; from the American obsession with having it our way to the surge of Starbucks, Chipotle, and other chains individualizing the eating experience; from high culture artisan and organic and what exactly natural means to low culture the sale of 100 million Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos in ten weeks. She also looks at how America s cuisine like the nation itself has been shaped by diverse influences from across the globe.
Devoured weaves together insights from the fields of psychology, anthropology, food science, and behavioral economics as well as myriad examples from daily life to create a powerful and unique look at food in America."
Harper, the hero of Elizabeth Oness's new novel, LEAVING MILAN, hopes for a life far from the small Ohio town where she has grown up, a place where distances are measured not by blocks or even miles, but by chain restaurants-"past Chi Chi's, Outback Steak House, Taco Bell," a place where the air smells of fast food and car exhaust. Her hopes haven't died; they were never born. "She was preparing for something without knowing what it was. Each day, she hoped for an adventure, and each day, it didn't happen. Like the horizon, it was always there, before her." And yet somehow Harper does forge a new life for herself. Elizabeth Oness writes with subtle power and compassion about courage, strength, and the unshakeable bonds of love.