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

by Michael Pollan

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Title:The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Authors:Michael Pollan
Info:Penguin (2007), Paperback, 464 pages
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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (2006)

  1. 144
    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.
  2. 90
    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)
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    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)
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    Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge by Gordon Edgar (Othemts)
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    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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This will not turn you into a vegetarian, but it may turn you into a locavore. It inspires a thoughtful consciousness to what we eat that is enriching. Eventually, it returns us to the meaning of grace. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
About the author: Michael Pollan is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. About the book: The reviewer for 'Publisher's Weekly' said of this work, "A fascinating journey up and down the food chain, one that might change the way you read the label on a frozen dinner, dig into a steak or decide whether to buy organic eggs. You'll certainly never look at a Chicken McNugget the same way again. . . .Pollan isn't preachy; he's too thoughtful a writer and too dogged a researcher to let ideology take over. He's also funny and adventurous." A list of sources is included and the book is well indexed.
  uufnn | Jul 1, 2017 |
I finally finished ‘The Omnivore's Dilemma’ and how delicious it was!

I admit that it took me forever (five months) to finish because it's not exactly my type of literature. It also didn't help that there were many times when the author would go off in a tirade about details and quotes nad obscure references that had me reaching for Wikipedia... and my pillow. Nonetheless, the message in itself is worth every single hour spent on this book.

An utterly interesting read about where the food the United States eats every day with careless abandon really comes from and how we have singled handedly lost the ability to appreciate what we put in our mouths.

The information that Pollan provides is astounding. Such as how the United States abuses the corn crop and puts it everywhere. How the Government doesn't allow small farmers to have their own kind of alternative farm and countless other things. He also discusses the ethics of animal eating (spoiler: it's ok as long as it's really organic) and chronicles the search of his perfect meal. All the way from hunting a wild boar to the gathering wild fungi to create his version of the perfect meal.

As of now, I am part of the slow-food movement. ( )
  lapiccolina | Jun 23, 2017 |
In realtà mi era capitato già di sfogliare questo libro anni fa, solo che fino a quando non l'ho iniziato non me ne ero resa conto. Complice la copertina, assolutamente d'effetto!, e la moltitudine di autori che mi vorticano in testa da qualche anno a questa parte, ho impiegato quasi 1/3 del libro ad accorgermi che questo non è altro che una ristampa - diretta a un pubblico più giovane - de "Il dilemma dell'onnivoro" pubblicato nel 2008 dall'Adelphi.

La Giunti Y nuovamente si ripropone con un nuovo titolo diretto a "solleticare" le giovani menti e lo fa con Machael Pollan che, grazie al suo libro a metà fra un saggio e un diario, ci propone di fermarsi a riflettere qualche istante su un argomento assolutamente "vitale": cosa ingeriamo ogni giorno?

Quanto sappiamo, realmente, del settore alimentare che ci da il sostentamento che necessita per sopravvivere? Quanto, di quello che mangiamo, è frutto dell'uomo e quanto, invece, è frutto della natura?

Ma soprattutto... C'è qualcuno che ricorda, oggi, che in realtà non c'è praticamente NULLA che noi possiamo "creare" e che tutto quello che mangiamo è frutto-dono della Natura?

Michael Pollan questi quesiti se li è posti e si è cimentato nella ricerca razionale e sperimentale nel settore alimentare americano.

Il libro è diviso in quattro parti e analizza, per ciascuna, il pasto industriale, biologico industriale, sostenibile locale e quello "fai-da-te".

Tutto sommato l'intero libro di Pollan, benché affronti problemi che riguardano principalmente l'America, riesce a coinvolgere molto bene anche un lettore italiano. Soprattutto per quanto riguarda l'aspetto industriale e biologico industriale i pro e i contro spiegati dall'autore sono comuni alla maggior parte dei paesi industrializzati e quindi anche all'Italia.

Qualche perplessità onestamente sovviene non appena Pollan tralascia gli aspetti sociali e tecnici per affrontarne di simil-etici.

Nella terza e quarta sezione, il settore locale e il fai da te, subentrano prepotentemente le differenze culturali. Alcuni elementi che vengono esaltati (?) e che risultano esaltanti da un americano per un americano - macellazione sotto tettoie in amianto! -, per noi sono tutto il contrario di "esaltanti".

Non si comprende appieno la sua opinione sul vegetarismo; prima sembra esaltarlo e poco dopo lo denigra sostenendo teorie assurde che, perfino per un onnivoro, non avrebbero senso.

Il fatto che molte scelgano di mangiare carne animale NON dipende dal fatto che reputano gli animali cose/oggetti talmente insulse e prive di sentimenti che, dato che non possono provare paura di fronte a mattatoio visto che non ne comprendono la finalità, sono tranquillamente sacrificabili per il nostro sostentamento.

Questo pensiero di Pollan è talmente assurdo perfino per un onnivoro che francamente non comprendo fino a che punto possa condividerlo un vegetariano che, eventualmente, vorrebbe convertire.

Mangiare carne è una scelta razionale fondata su secoli e secoli di istinto di sopravvivenza; semplicemente siamo "uomini" ma facciamo e abbiamo sempre fatto parte della catena alimentare. Come il leone, se potesse, ci sbranerebbe per mangiare, noi uccidiamo la mucca per mangiare. Una persona onnivora lo sa e lo accetta e dovrebbe, almeno ipoteticamente, esserne consapevole quando ingerisce qualcosa. Un essere vivente è morto per permetterci di sostenerci.

Non si parla di sentimenti, si parla di ciclo della vita. Il più forte mangia il più debole. Come il piccolo di cerbiatto che finisce fra le fauci del lupo, è ingiusto emotivamente ma assolutamente logico per la Natura.

L'allevamento stesso è qualcosa di assolutamente naturale, o almeno lo è stato primo dell'avvento dell'industrializzazione. Ma questo è un altro discorso che porterebbe a un lungo trattato sulle "sottigliezze socio-culturali" dell'allevamento-caccia...

In definitiva, tornando al romanzo, il libro di Michael Pollan è un libro "intelligente", ben curato e ben organizzato. Sono presenti piccoli specchietti di approfondimento, immagini e grafici per permettere al giovane lettore di ampliare le sue conoscenze e di spaziare senza mai perdere il fulcro generale del libro. Il libro è talmente ricco di spunti di riflessioni che è impossibile, ovviamente, essere d'accordo con tutti o viceversa di contrastarli tutti. E' un'analisi complessa e completa di un problema dalle mille sfaccettature che sta diventando sempre più importante e discusso, soprattutto a seguito dei vari scandali alimentali che stiamo affrontando da una decina di anni a questa parte. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this book. It looks at three different types of modern meals: the industrial meal (mostly made from corn), the organic meal (and Pollan differentiates from industrial organic and the pasturized meal)and the hunter-gathered-grown meal. The critique of the modern diet, food fadism, industrial agriculture is all here, which I expected. But Pollan was fairly balanced in his presentation, I thought. And it isn't all shock and awe look how bad the meat industry is kinda-writing. There are beautiful and mouth watering passages. Pollan's final meal (the one he hunted, grew and gathered) is the most enjoyable because it is the meal that he is most involved with and most aware of the actual cost. Really great stuff here. Read it. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 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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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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