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
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Discuss 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 The Omni... Read More »

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white_wolf_879
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.

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Lou2005
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 I thought that since it was ten years old it would already be out of date, but sadly, it is still relevant today.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

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movar
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.

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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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