Delicious: The Evolution of Flavor and How It Made Us Human

A savory account of how the pursuit of delicious foods shaped human evolution


Published (US):
Sep 27, 2022
Published (UK):
Nov 22, 2022
5.5 x 8.5 in.
25 b/w illus. 1 table.
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Nature, it has been said, invites us to eat by appetite and rewards by flavor. But what exactly are flavors? Why are some so pleasing while others are not? Delicious is a supremely entertaining foray into the heart of such questions.

With generous helpings of warmth and wit, Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez offer bold new perspectives on why food is enjoyable and how the pursuit of delicious flavors has guided the course of human history. They consider the role that flavor may have played in the invention of the first tools, the extinction of giant mammals, the evolution of the world’s most delicious and fatty fruits, the creation of beer, and our own sociality. Along the way, you will learn about the taste receptors you didn’t even know you had, the best way to ferment a mastodon, the relationship between Paleolithic art and cheese, and much more.

Blending irresistible storytelling with the latest science, Delicious is a deep history of flavor that will transform the way you think about human evolution and the gustatory pleasures of the foods we eat.

Awards and Recognition

  • One of New Scientist's best science books to read in 2021
  • A New Scientist Book of the Year
  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year