"Does the world need an 800-page book on food phobias, as well as dislikes, simple preferences, aversions, obsessions, squeamishness, food fetishes, fixations, fashions, snobbery, and inverted snobbery? Simple answer: Damn right it does — and with Theroux at the helm, you can’t help wondering why it wasn’t a thousand, two thousand pages long." — Los Angeles Review of Books
"An astonishing book! Being a chef, I am constantly reminded of people with food aversions, allergies aside. It's a pretty humorous, although personal, subject, as food aversions are often due to a bad memory or experience. Einstein's Beets is a quirky, bold, informative, yet amazingly insightful account on the subject. If you find food topics fascinating and are into people-watching on paper, you want to read this book! — Ming Tsai, of TV’s "Simply Ming"
"Theroux is a writer seeking not readers so much as co-conspirators, brave souls willing to share his wanderings through that highly odd, unexpectedly amusing, often disturbing place where mind goes to the mat with appetite. Fear not the length of the book, but rather the temptation to make it longer — of finding yourself (as have I) scribbling annotations (even additions) in the margins. This is not, then, in the common parlance, a food book (although it is), nor an astonishment of unusual quotations (with which a casual browser might confuse it), nor even the study of food aversions it claims to be. The word evokes writing that holds its subject at arms length. This is prose that insinuates itself into your vitals. If you are a timid eater, watch your step.” — John Thorne, author of Outlaw Cook and Mouth Wide Open
"Alexander Theroux dazzles the mind. In Einstein’s Beets, his encyclopedic knowledge of eating habits and food aversions takes us from dishes, such as the chakalaka of South Africa and the casa marzu of Sardinia, to comparisons of the eating habits of Alexandre Dumas, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Brillat-Savarin and James Beard. Very opinionated, erudite and often funny, Theroux’s criticism can also be outrageous and lapidary. I learned a lot and agree with Thomas Edison that anyone who salts food before tasting it is not to be trusted." — Jacques Pepin
"Einstein’s Beets digs up animal and spiritual drives that lure us to gorge and stir us to gag. Alexander Theroux’s eager exploration of this compulsion concocts a subject suited for our foodie, fast-food, gluten-free, all-you-can-eat, prix fixe, happy hour, organic-this, vegan-that, voracious diet-doomed appetites." — PopMatters