The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma

A Natural History of Four Meals

eBook - 2007
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Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, at the dawn of the twenty-first century may determine our survival as a species.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2007
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781101147177
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Discussion on March 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. - Author! Author! - New York Times bestselling author and journalist Michael Pollan writes books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. His bestselling books include Th... Read More »

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Apr 06, 2020

Michael Pollan takes mealtime and turns it on its head with THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA: A NATURAL HISTORY OF FOUR MEALS (Penguin Press, $26.95). Within its pages, he follows the genealogy of four meals (one from a fast food chain, one from a large organic supermarket, one from a small organic producer, and the fourth from sustenance he gathers himself) and exposes confounding - and surprising - issues about each. The biggest surprise: How both funny and fascinating a subject as pedestrian as mealtime is in Pollan's hands. It might be more appropriately titled THE SECRET LIVES OF MEALS.

Mar 04, 2020

A good read, but extremely dense. I found it difficult to stay focused on this book for too long and ended up switching to an audio version to ease the process.

He brings up some great points and new ideas on the origins of our food. I really appreciate that he calls out the new cancel culture within the food realm (i.e. fad diets and made up allergies). Humans are carnivores made to eat meat, veggies, and dairy so do so!

The darker side of the industry was very eye opening, yet depressive as there are no great alternatives. As the food/farming industry changes there is only so much we can do to mitigate the looming threat of being force fed CORN all the time.

Interesting and insightful - But I much prefer his talks and documentaries to his literature.

Nov 01, 2019

The Omnivores Dilemma is a fantastic read. It is a very interesting study of the American agricultural system and how our eating habits affect both our health and the health of the animals raised to feed us. Few books will make you question your own moral code more than this one, especially when it comes to your dinner plate. The most compelling argument I've seen yet for vegetarianism, veganism, and "beyond organic" food without ever mentioning them. An exposition of jarring facts that are definitely worth reading.

Jun 26, 2019

One of the best nonfiction books I've read this decade. I thought that since it was ten years old it would already be out of date, but sadly, it is still relevant today.

JCLAMELIAM Jun 18, 2019

Michael Pollan writes about food with remarkable care, insight and curiosity. This book works to untangle some of the reasons why it seems to be so difficult to make the right choices when it comes to what's for dinner. He traces the roots of four meals - fast food, organic, local, and a meal that he has grown/butchered/fermented all himself. This book is incredibly complex, well researched, well presented, and fascinating. I love that he doesn't really come up with answers, tips, tricks, or rules. This is no diet book, it's an exploration of the ethics, origins, and philosophy of food.

HCL_staff_reviews Oct 16, 2018

The author presents straightforward and practical reasons to highlight why people, especially Americans, should question what's in our food and where it comes from. — Laura C., Eden Prairie Library

Jan 13, 2018

Very detailed book. Pollan has a good sense of humor. He also gives many references all along. I wish this book was translated in French, faster for me to read.

Feb 09, 2015

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

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Jan 07, 2015

A great book about food and the choices we make

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Apr 06, 2020

In THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA, Michael Pollan traces the genealogy of four meals (one from a fast food chain, one from a large organic supermarket, one from a small organic producer, and the fourth from sustenance he gathers himself) and exposes surprising issues about each. Both funny and fascinating, OMNIVORE'S is the ultimate reveal of the secret lives of meals.


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Apr 06, 2020

OMNIVORE'S is the ultimate reveal of the secret lives of meals.


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