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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural…

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, 450 pages
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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (2006)

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Well done. An honest study of food and where it comes from. While he doesn't hide his views, I appreciate that Michael Pollan doesn't preach about the evils of food corporations, or condemn all eaters who differ with his ideals, as would be so easy to do in a book such as this. Rather he simply takes us on his journey about discovering where our food comes from (you all know this, right?) and how it arrives at our tables. ( )
  snotbottom | Sep 19, 2018 |
Easy popular lighthearted read that looks at modern environmental food ethics and the cultural history of them through a personal biographical narrative that keeps it intimate. A bit long winded and I found myself getting bored half way through because I was already intimately familiar with the subject from my earlier environmental food studies. Oh, and I like to eat raw whale when I'm in Japan to give you the perspective I'm coming from...my food doesn't have morals it has flavor and nutrients. ( )
  Chickenman | Sep 10, 2018 |
While at times it became challenging to devour, this book is a must read to understand the scientific and philosophical underpinnings to our eating habits. ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
A coworker lent this to me because he thought I'd like it and also observed what I was eating at the time- "Just curious to see how that will change over the next couple weeks." It was a Dr Pepper and a yoplait yogurt at the time, and tbh I'm probably still going to consume Dr Pepper and yogurt even though I'm aware they're pretty much sugary corn manifestations. Like Pollan discusses in the conclusion, a McDonalds meal and a foraged meal are opposites on a continuum, and neither should be the only way to eat... that being said, you can definitely be more conscious about what and how you eat.

Other stray thoughts:
-whenever Pollan mentions food faddists, I can't help but think of today's paleo crowd- this book was published in 2006 which I *think* predates the movement as the current fad at the time was low carb. I think paleo has its good points, but it's not THE way to consume.

-something that's not addressed but likely covered in other books (like [b:Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food|13719872|Bet the Farm How Food Stopped Being Food|Frederick Kaufman|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1355907184s/13719872.jpg|19352558]) is how can we make nutritious, wholesome food available to a wider population? He does mention that while processed foods are cheap, they are deceptively so because the public health and environmental costs are hidden away from the consumer. Weirdly, I'm reminded of how American restaurants expect the patron to determine tip while other countries build it into the price of food so servers have a living wage, idk. ( )
  Daumari | Dec 30, 2017 |
used this book as a text in my first-year writing class for several years with good success. ( )
  Bakhtin | Oct 24, 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.
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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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