The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-food World

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Bloomsbury, 2007 - Dinners and dining - 450 pages
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What should we have for dinner? When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from a national eating disorder. As the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous landscape, what's at stake becomes not only our own and our children's health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth. Pollan follows each of the food chains--industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves--from the source to the final meal, always emphasizing our coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on. The surprising answers Pollan offers have profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us.--From publisher description.

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This well written book is an eye opener about the food we eat. If you care at all about what you're eating, read this. The author offers some philosophical viewpoints as well, prodding the reader to ... Read full review

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if you value your health and the health of your family,this is a must read. Anything by Pollan should be a must read! He goes in depth to tell you of modern food processing and ingredients. If you ... Read full review

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Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prize-winning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" and "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder." Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.

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