Chew on this: Everything You Don't Want to Know about Fast Food

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 304 pages
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Kids love fast food. And the fast food industry definitely loves kids. It couldn’t survive without them. Did you know that the biggest toy company in the world is McDonald’s? It’s true. In fact, one out of every three toys given to a child in the United States each year is from a fast food restaurant.

Not only has fast food reached into the toy industry, it’s moving into our schools. One out of every five public schools in the United States now serves brand name fast food. But do kids know what they’re eating? Where do fast food hamburgers come from? And what makes those fries taste so good?

When Eric Schlosser’s best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, was published for adults in 2001, many called for his groundbreaking insight to be shared with young people. Now Schlosser, along with co-writer Charles Wilson, has investigated the subject further, uncovering new facts children need to know.

In Chew On This, they share with kids the fascinating and sometimes frightening truth about what lurks between those sesame seed buns, what a chicken ‘nugget’ really is, and how the fast food industry has been feeding off children for generations.

Featuring cover art by M. Wartella.


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Review: Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

User Review  - Magenta Jones - Goodreads

Hmm… This book has a clever idea behind it. I find it incredibly interesting that the authors decided to write a book geared for kids which contains the information adults are given, about kids. As ... Read full review

Review: Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

User Review  - Rebecca Miller - Goodreads

Schlosser and Wilson begin by explaining the history of the hamburger. They then work their way into describing how restaurants like McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken were born and how they grew ... Read full review

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Eric Schlosser, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly, won a National Magazine Award for an article he wrote on strawberry picking for that magazine. His work has been nominated for several other National Magazine Awards and for the Loeb Award for business journalism.

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