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Book review Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Mary Roach

Book review Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Mary Roach is a famous writer of Stiff, Packing for Mars, Bonk and Spook. The writer has earned a fame for being the funniest writer in America writing in science non-fiction. Mary Roach has an interesting fact to offer every time she comes up with a new book. People love her funny yet informative approach. The gulp questions are a taboo and the surrealism in his previous book Stiff and Packing for Mars is clearly visible.

The book investigates some well-known facts like why crunchy food appalls us? How much can one eat till his or her stomach bursts? Can constipation kill someone? Why is it that the stomach never digests the food by itself?  Why one is not able to find words for whatever good or bad he or she smells, or even eats?

Roach takes us to a world tour, where by meeting various kinds and types of people, from a murdered to a scientist, exposits to Eskimos who share their experiences on digestive matters. We are leaving because of food. But on a serious note, how often do we bother of the mechanisms that make gastronomy an interesting and most important aspect art? We often like something to eat because our taste buds like to have some taste.

Over the years, we have encouraged our taste buds to differentiate between what is good and what is bad. Little things like sour, bitter, sweet or salty taste in various manners by our tongue. A good food cooked in a kitchen gives us a signal by our nose, and it suddenly activates our taste buds as well. A fragrance food is often enjoyed well than any ordinary food. Various spices and herbs tingles our sensors in the brain and instantly, we start feeling hungry.


This complex mechanism of nose, brain, stomach, tongue, intestine, etc. is studied and well scripted in the latest book of Roach. This is quite an interesting yet informative piece of information put together to form this epic book called “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal”. A digestive system has a plenty of roles to play, but the information provided by the Author is interesting and amusing. A complex thing can be turned into such an interesting topic is just unthinkable, and the entire credit goes to the author.

The satirical and humorous writing non-fictional hardcore biology matters is quite a new arena, and very few have ventured into the field. In every book of Roach, she discusses and describes aliments, habits etc. which are still quite a taboo in the modern society, like discussing about poops and farts, or just a bad swallowing sound. The book is quite interesting for anyone to read as it has a different approach altogether. The author wants to entertain her authors while making them get by heart the interesting facts about the individual role of tongue, intestine, stomach to relish, eat and digest the food.

This popular author of 5 humorous science non-fiction books has made a quite fan base worldwide and has an increasing fan base every time he gifts something new to his readers. The book is quite a hite in English speaking countries as well as in other countries. Every time she writes, she gifts her fans a new interesting fact about any science related topic. A good book is always liked by people and gradually people read anything that makes the popular author.

Mary Roach, with her current hit number has already created a big fan base and thousands of admirers who are from various fields, from doctors to writers, from a school going boy to a fashion fiesta girl.

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