The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma

A Natural History of Four Meals

Book - 2006
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What should we have for dinner? When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from a national eating disorder. As the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous landscape, what's at stake becomes not only our own and our children's health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006
ISBN: 9781594200823
1594200823
Characteristics: 450 pages ; 25 cm

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LizSJ57
Feb 09, 2015

Loved this book. Great for expanding our critical thinking and provides lots of "food" for thought.

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Ron
Feb 06, 2015

excelent

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ilovesfpl8392
Jan 07, 2015

A great book about food and the choices we make

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sharon711
Jan 03, 2015

Pollan gives us a massive amount of info about where our food comes from and how our food production systems sustain themselves (or not...).

His writing is entertaining, anecdotal, and matter-of-factual, rather than alarmist or dooms-dayish. Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma" is a must read for anyone pondering about what makes an ethical food choice for good health - both for the good of our own bodies and that of planet Earth.

It's not till towards the end that Pollan turns seriously to the subject posed in his title... the omnivore's dilemma. The book really gets to the heart of things at this point. His thoughts on animal cruelty, especially, shed a lot of light on this highly fraught subject.

All in all, I thought this an excellent nonfiction book with plenty of food for thought. But then, I'm a foodie...

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lonnylu
Sep 06, 2012

This book gives great insight into the food system in the US. It is so easy to read and it never seems like the author is preaching to you about what you should or should not eat - just giving you the facts and his opinion.

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meldaravaniel
Aug 24, 2012

The facts in this book frighten me, but I think it's a good fear. I've certainly become far more conscious about what I eat and where it comes from. I appreciate that Pollan says he isn't perfect, either, but this is the way our food system is. It makes it feel less like preaching and more like an honest layout.

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Lauren31
Apr 08, 2012

Excellent, easy-to-read book on the state of the North American food system, the disengagement of most from how food winds up on our plates, and encouragement on how it is possible to eat healthfully and ethically! I really enjoyed this book, and found the dissection of the industrial and organic food systems quite interesting. Also, as a vegetarian, I found the discussion of moral conflicts on eating animals, whether farmed or wild very relevant. Highly recommend this book.

fastace911 Jan 28, 2012

Great insight into the food industry from the beginning to the end of the food chain. It's amazing that the author Micheal Pollan personally experienced every moment of the book. He provided great history (sometimes overly elaborate), but interesting nonetheless. Shocking revelations about the meat industry and the business of organics.

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Kiirsti
Aug 04, 2011

Definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone! This book has made me see food in an entirely different light. I learned a lot and changed my diet quite a bit after reading this book. If you're looking for a good non-fiction read, this is it. Brilliantly written :)

RenGrrl May 02, 2011

Fascinating read. A very interesting and different perspective on food. He's a little hard on vegetarians though.

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