First Bite

How We Learn to Eat

Very interesting book, evidence-based discussion on the earliest influences on how we learn to eat and why we choose and love the foods that we do. Important for counselors who want to understand and affect food choices of their clients and patients. The book’s message is that we can assess the way we learned to eat as children to discover new flavors and healthier food habits as adults.


“The best way to develop good taste in children is to start very young: babies are particularly open to new flavors at 4–7 months of age. But once you're past that, let children choose among healthy foods without forcing anything down their throats, and keep offering small amounts until they start to like it. This actually works at any age, even for extremely picky eaters.” E. Smiley 7/8/16 Amazon

Course Expiration Date
Grouped product items
Product Name Price Qty
Book Only (1430)
10 CE Paper Test Only (1431)
20 CE Paper Test Only (1432)
10 CE Book & Paper Test (1433)
20 CE Book & Paper Test (1434)
10 CE Online Test Only (W1431)
20 CE Online Test Only (W1432)
10 CE Book & Online Test (W1433)
20 CE Book & Online Test (W1434)

Book Details

Year Published
1st Edition
Basic Books/Perseus
Page Count
Learning Code
  • (2050) Genetics
  • (2100) Nutritional biochemistry
  • (2110) Physiology, exercise physiology
  • (3000) Nutrition assessment & Diagnosis
  • (3040) Food consumption, fluid balance
  • (3050) Feeding, swallowing, dentition
  • (4000) Wellness and public health
  • (4140) Lactation
  • (5070) Pediatrics
  • (5080) Adolescents
  • (5090) Adults
  • (5200) Disordered eating
  • (5350) Substance abuse, alcoholism
  • (6010) Behavior change theories, techniques
  • (8130) Sensory perception and evaluation of foods and ingredients

Course Objectives

Level 2 CPE

Suggested Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 4.2.4, 4.2.6, 6.1.2, 8.1.2

CPE Type: 720 for Printed/Paper Tests, 740 for Web-based/Online Tests


Upon successful completion, the users will be able to:

1. Discuss three major ways we grow to prefer certain foods and are disgusted by others.

2. Identify why some people perceive tastes differently than other people and how that can influence which foods and seasonings we choose.

3. More clearly understand and discuss why we are attracted to childhood favorite foods.

4. Counsel patients better on how to change food preferences and behaviors by knowing how they originally evolved.

Recommended For...
  • Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)
  • Dietetics Technician Registered (DTR/NDTR)
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy Professional
Why we chose this book

This food and eating book educates the dietitian or health professional on their clients’ food choices and how to influence them to eat better.

About the author
Bee Wilson is an acclaimed food writer, historian, and author of four books. She has been named BBC Radio’s Food Writer of the Year.