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Fast Food Nation tie-in: The Dark Side of…

Fast Food Nation tie-in: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (P.S.) (original 2001; edition 2006)

by Eric Schlosser

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An exploration of the fast food industry in the United States, from its roots to its long-term consequences.
Title:Fast Food Nation tie-in: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (P.S.)
Authors:Eric Schlosser
Info:Harper Perennial (2006), Paperback, 416 pages
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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (2001)

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Read much of this in a class in college, and now that I'm on board with pretty much everything he was saying, I don't feel a huge need to finish it. Preaching to the choir, and all that. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
Borrowed this copy from the UHD Library. It is one of 5 copies we ordered given the book is popular, and it is a required reading in some classes.

See my note on the book:
[http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2007/08/i-finally-finished-reading-fast-food.html] ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Another widely published nonfiction title that had been on my TBR list for a long time. Most of it is in fact still relevant in 2020, as we learn more about the issues with large-scale meat packing/processing and minimum wage on-call workers. There are also interesting parts about franchising, and about building large vertical companies based on products like potatoes. You'll likely learn at least something about the people behind chain fast food, even if like me you had worked in such a place at one point and thought you had already learned plenty on the job. ( )
  jonerthon | Jul 12, 2020 |
Eric Schlosser holds up marginally better fast food to counteract the horrible fast food industry. Great in depth reporting on all angles of the fast food industry, but the proposed solution has no imagination:

Just don't go to the bad restaurants, liberals, and they'll shut down. Go to vaguely better fast food places, like In & Out Burger. Work with other yuppies in your gated community to keep the worst offenders out. Yecch.

If you removed the last chapter of this book and replaced it with a chapter about subverting, sabotaging, destroying currently existing fast food chains, planting, cultivating, growing neighborhood gardens that can feed families for free, as well as educating, agitating, and organizing poor people to fight for time in their lives to cook slow meals that are healthy and create a sense of family, then I would have given this book 5 stars. As it is, it has very little revolutionary potential. ( )
  magonistarevolt | Apr 30, 2020 |
Healthwise, this book was probably scary as hell when it was first published eleven years ago. It's scary as hell today, too, and wil have me rethinking much of my current lifestyle. ( )
  parloteo | Dec 21, 2019 |
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''Fast Food Nation'' provides the reader with a vivid sense of how fast food has permeated contemporary life and a fascinating (and sometimes grisly) account of the process whereby cattle and potatoes are transformed into the burgers and fries served up by local fast food franchises.
This is a fine piece of muckraking, alarming without being alarmist.
It is a serious piece of investigative journalism into an industry that has helped concentrate corporate ownership of American agribusiness, while engaging in labor practices that are often shameful.

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A savage servility slides by on grease. - Robert Lowell
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Over the last three decades, fast food has infiltrated every nook and cranny of American Society.
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