Everyone starts life drinking milk. after that it's all up for grabs!
We are not born knowing what to eat; we each have to figure that out for ourselves. From childhood onwards, we learn how big a portion is and how sweet is too sweet. we learn to love broccoli - or not.
But how does this happen? What are the origins of taste? And once we acquire our food habits, can we ever change them for the better?
In First Bite: How We Learn to Eat, award-winning food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists and nutritionists to reveal how our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors: family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love.
Bee also looks at the effects siblings can have on your eating choices and the social pressures to eat according to your sex.
The food writer also introduces us to people who can only eat food of a certain colour, toddlers who who will eat nothing but hot dogs, and doctors who have found radical new ways to help children eat vegetables.
First Bite also looks at how people eat in different parts fo the world; we see how grandparents in China overfeed their grandchildren and how Japan came to adopt such a healthy diet.
The way we learn to eat holds the key to why food has gone so disastrously wrong for so many people, but Bee shows us how we all have the potential to learn new and healthy habits.
An exploration of the extraordinary and surprising origins of our tastes and eating habits, First Bite explains how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives.
Published by HarperCollins, it will be available from January 2016.