The list author says: "Chew is the story of a detective, Tony Chu, who has a special talent. What is this talent you ask? He's able to see the complete history of anything he eats, except beets.... If he eats a steak, he sees everything that happened to the cow from birth to butcher. This makes him a special talent. A talent that makes him a great ally and a greater enemy. Why an enemy you say? He's living in a world where poultry has been outlawed. His work allows him to help combat the illegal trafficking of poultry and other items. His special talents aren't used for only these means, but you'll have to read it to find out more."