"Rude lays out the fascinating history of how a once-maligned bird became a staple of the American dinner plate. Rude has a great eye for the strange moments along the way. A fine window into how our ancestors cooked, ate, and thought."
– Boston Globe
"In a breezy narrative brimming with retro recipes, culinary historian Rude focuses on the history of US chicken consumption, currently 8.6 billion birds a year. From New York immigrants' foul ‘ornithological parks’ of the 1880s and 1890s to the rise in global demand—which can push production at the expense of animal welfare—Rude reveals chicken as a troublesome taste."
"The irrepressible yardbird struts through Tastes Like Chicken as Emelyn Rude engagingly explains how this descendant of dinosaurs became the default American dinner."
– Joyce E. Chaplin, Harvard University, author of Round About the Earth
"A fun and smart read. As one of the most popular ingredients in the world, I found it fascinating to explore the history of how we eat and cook this bird has evolved over the centuries. Emelyn Rude is a brilliant writer and by far the most whimsical chicken historian I have ever met."
– Einat Admony, chef and owner for the Balaboosta and Bar Bolonat, author of the Balaboosta cookbook
"Until now, I've never read such a comprehensive look at one of my favorite foods and a protein that is so integral to any kitchen. Emelyn does a fantastic job of explaining why chicken is such an important part of our country's culinary fabric."
– Marcus Samuelsson, James Beard Award-winning chef, author of Yes, Chef
"A food historian with a feature writer's flair illuminates the culinary history of the now-ubiquitous chicken.Though the chicken would seem to be a subject that everybody knows about, Rude makes the humble bird's story fresh and interesting on nearly every page. Rude finds the bird as fascinating as she makes it for readers."
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Rude keeps it interesting with light writing and scandalous chicken tales. She also provides recipes, making this an easy cookbook to pack for a light historical read."
"Readers of food histories such as Mark Kurlansky’s Cod will appreciate this engaging, well-researched, and thorough history of America’s changing food preferences."
– Library Journal