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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Michael Pollan (Author)

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Title:The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Authors:Michael Pollan (Author)
Info:Penguin (2007), 450 pages
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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (2006)

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    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (heidialice, lorax)
    lorax: More thoughtful and personal than Omnivore's Dilemma, in many ways it picks up where Pollan leaves off.
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    In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan (marzipanz, chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Less of a narrative than "The Omnivore's Dilemma", "In Defense of Food" is a succinct argument for considering what we eat, and includes potted advice for consumers who prefer a set of simple rules for eating. As the title suggests, this is perhaps the better analysis of the way the food industry affects the eater and what we can do about it.… (more)
  3. 40
    Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall (thebooky)
  4. 20
    Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck (night_sky)
  5. 10
    Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization by Andrew Lawler (AmourFou)
  6. 21
    Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Very similar perspective, though Pollan focuses more on the "process" of getting "food" to the table.
  7. 21
    In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed (Plus) by Carl Honore (Musecologist)
  8. 10
    The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith (owen1218)
  9. 00
    Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public by Steven Druker (davidgn)
  10. 00
    Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge by Gordon Edgar (Othemts)
  11. 00
    The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan (meggyweg, meggyweg)
  12. 11
    Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating by Jeffrey M. Smith (piononus)
  13. 00
    American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen (DetailMuse)
  14. 01
    Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals by Karen Dawn (SqueakyChu)
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used this book as a text in my first-year writing class for several years with good success. ( )
  Bakhtin | Oct 24, 2017 |
A poignant, self-reflective and luminous investigation of the dark corridors of our industrial food-chain. Often as inspiriting as it is somber, Micheal Pollan gives a thoughtful and well-balanced critique of the skewed incentives of industrialized logic, while never diminishing the complexities, or even necessity, of modern day supply chains. Just as the book was poised to become redundant, the stories turned personal, ending with a refreshing and joyful outlook. ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
A poignant, self-reflective and luminous investigation of the dark corridors of our industrial food-chain. Often as inspiriting as it is somber, Micheal Pollan gives a thoughtful and well-balanced critique of the skewed incentives of industrialized logic, while never diminishing the complexities, or even necessity, of modern day supply chains. Just as the book was poised to become redundant, the stories turned personal, ending with a refreshing and joyful outlook. ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
This book was a beast to get through, but well worth it. I recommend to everyone - it will educate you, change the way you think about food and inspire you to make some changes! ( )
  Janellreads | Oct 18, 2017 |
This book changed the way I shop, cook and eat. Others have since I read Pollan, but that first discussion of where, say, beef comes from hit me like a ton of bricks. I don't hunt my own boar, but I do forage for mushrooms from time to time, and pick berries every summer. Thank you, Michael Pollan! ( )
  nmele | Aug 31, 2017 |
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But for Pollan, the final outcome is less important than the meal's journey from the soil to the plate. His supermeticulous reporting is the book's strength — you're not likely to get a better explanation of exactly where your food comes from.
added by carport | editNew York Times, David Kamp (Apr 23, 2006)
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143038583, Paperback)

One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the James Beard Award

Author of #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules


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, as the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore's Dilemma is changing the way Americans thing about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

Coming from The Penguin Press in 2013, Michael Pollan’s newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education 

"Thoughtful, engrossing ... You're not likely to get a better explanation of exactly where your food comes from."
-The New York Times Book Review

"An eater's manifesto ... [Pollan's] cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling. Be careful of your dinner!"
-The Washington Post

"Outstanding... a wide-ranging invitation to think through the moral ramifications of our eating habits."
--The New Yorker

"If you ever thought 'what's for dinner' was a simple question, you'll change your mind after reading Pollan's searing indictment of today's food industry-and his glimpse of some inspiring alternatives.... I just loved this book so much I didn't want it to end."
-The Seattle Times


 

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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.… (more)

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