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User Review  - wonderperson - LibraryThing

This book will horrify you with descriptions of corporate abuse of the Meatpackers who spoke up for research for this book. Definitely one that will get you into 'In and out burgers and Red Top ... Read full review

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User Review  - HeatherCHoffman - LibraryThing

If you are trying to avoid fast food, this is the book for you. Read it alongside Upton Sinclair's The Jungle if you're looking to really clean out your stomach. A mix of facts and stories of real people, this book will make you think twice about what we eat in America. Read full review

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User Review  - YvetteKolstad - LibraryThing

I've used excerpts of this book to supplement the nutrition unit I teach during my eighth grade health elective. The facts and true stories he shares provide an important perspective on our country's obsession with fast food. Read full review

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

I put this book on the "sustainability" shelf although it's more about UNsustainability. It's a while since I read it, but I do know that it helped me cut way down on my consumption of fast food ... Read full review

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User Review  - aelizabethj - LibraryThing

I drive by the Kroc estate every couple of days, so it was interesting to me to see how it all began. Fascinating read, and tended to focus on greed big business vs. fat calorie content. Read full review

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User Review  - Shirezu - LibraryThing

This was an interesting book. I learned a lot about the origins and machinations of the fast-food and meat worlds. Will this make a vegetarian? Nope. Will this change my current eating habits? Nope ... Read full review

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good book, but u might want to wait for your food to digest. informative
medpark | Oct 8, 2013 |
2 1/2 stars: I didn't particularly like it or dislike it; mixed or no real interest
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From the back cover: Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.
Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from California's subdivisions, where the business was born, to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey turnpike, where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths--from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought on food production, popular culture and even real estate.
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Quite a lot of grandiose terminology for a book that I found not even remotely shocking. Why does it surprise people that fast food workers aren't paid well? Working long hours? Generally underage? Or that conditions in slaughterhouses are appalling? (Ok, I've read The Jungle). Or that franchises are more likely to go under than independents? (in large part b/c there are no filters--franchises can be within blocks from each other, thus competing against each other).
I did find the first section of the book on the founding of the industry to be interesting. Karl Karcher and the McDonald brothers are covered, as are the founding of In-N-Out and Jack in the Box. I found one tidbit downright fascinating--- that McDonald's holds the most real estate in the world and actually considers itself to be in the real estate business--that by selling hamburgers, the franchisees are able to pay the mortgage.
Not surprising. Not bad. But not surprising, earth shattering, seismic, or any other hyperbolic phrase. ( )
PokPok | Sep 20, 2013 |
Very informative book that takes you back to the very start of fast food history ( )
hailsus | Aug 6, 2013 |
This book was eye-opening; I haven't thought about fast food the same way since, which was the point, I suppose! ( )
dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Haven't eaten at a fast foodery since I read this book 10 years ago...my advice?...go vegetarian, local, as much as possible...oh, and watch the video 'Forks Over Knives' (AND 'Food, Inc.')... no one needs all the meat consumed in this country...I couldn't sleep at night if I went back to being a carnivore...and that wouldn't be from hunger...G. ( )
1 vote Gemma. | May 16, 2013 |
I've used excerpts of this book to supplement the nutrition unit I teach during my eighth grade health elective. The facts and true stories he shares provide an important perspective on our country's obsession with fast food. ( )
YvetteKolstad | May 1, 2013 |
Bullshit. And cowshit. And it hits not the fan but the mincing machine. Bon appetite, America! ( )
Lucy_Skywalker | Apr 27, 2013 |
I put this book on the "sustainability" shelf although it's more about UNsustainability. It's a while since I read it, but I do know that it helped me cut way down on my consumption of fast food! (Even before I saw Super Size Me!)
My real concern about fast food is what it may be doing to people in the lower socio-economic groups of our nation. In my previous life in the big city, I rode the bus a lot, and many of my fellow riders fell into this category. I overheard many conversations that showed the influence of fast-food advertising on them; as we'd pass billboards showing the latest sandwich from Burger King or MacDonald's there would be serious conversations about how they "had to get one of those." One could argue that fast food is perpetrating racial and economic genocide on certain populations by habituating them to
 

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User Review  - hailsus - LibraryThing

Very informative book that takes you back to the very start of fast food history Read full review

Review: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

User Review  - Carol. [All cynic, all the time] - Goodreads

Oh, America. When will you wise up? In 1998, the seed of Fast Food Nation appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine. Schlosser's expose has since been expanded to a book and then a movie, and still ... Read full review

Review: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

User Review  - Riku Sayuj - Goodreads

Written on May 29, 2012: I am glad that I had a large Pizza and a KFC burger at the Delhi airport before I started this book. Adios fatty fries, triple-decker domes and cheesy discs, you will be ... Read full review


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