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Fast Food Nation

User Review  - Susie - Christianbook.com

I enjoyed Eric Schlosser's book called Fast Food Nation, it touches base on the realities of fast food. I liked that he wrote not only about how unhealthy this food is for us. But he also wrote about ... 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
 

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

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

User Review  - Manny - Goodreads

There's a witty and disturbing satire by Stanislaw Lem called The Futurological Congress. It's one of those books where the hero gradually comes to understand that the world isn't as it seems. He's ... Read full review

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

User Review  - TK421 - Goodreads

So I was eating a Big Mac at a McDonald's in the town where I was going to college, while reading this book, when a woman walked over to me and asked me what I was reading. I showed her the cover of ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

I expected this story to be the written version of Supersize Me, but it is actually much more comprehensive. Schlosser provdes a pretty in-depth history of the development of the cattlle, poultry, and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

Fast Food Nation was an interestingly revealing read. Instead of focusing solely on the food, Schlosser wrote a lot about the fast food industry itself and how people are being consummately sucked ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Barks & Bites - Goodreads

This was a fascinating in depth read about how the fast food industry developed and how it has literally changed the landscape of our country and the health of its inhabitants. I've read several books ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Zach - Goodreads

That this book, unlike its spiritual ancestor The Jungle, has failed to kindle any noticeable change in public policy towards the production of meat in America is a grim reminder that today's ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Judy Vasseur - Goodreads

This book is making me hungry. Determined not to let an imposing wall of acronyms block my progress, I forged on, ignoring my growling stomach, (which stopped growling when I read There's shit in the ... Read full review


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