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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Review: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

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I was at a disadvantage, having read In Defense of Food, and Power Steer, and watched the documentary King Corn, much of this book was a repeat for me. I will give it four stars for those who have not ... Read full review

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I expected to finish this book in less time than I did. The author is verbose in his descriptions and repetitive in his stories which jump in chronology, because the chapters are grouped by subject ... Read full review

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Michael Pollan is the author of Second Nature, A Place of My Own, and The Botany of Desire, which was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Pollan is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

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