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

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Penguin, Apr 11, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 464 pages
One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the James Beard Award

Author of How to Change Your Mind and the #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules


What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. In the years since, Pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.
 

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This book was long and at times difficult to read. I found myself rereading passages because I didn't quite understand what was just said but in the end, the book was eye-opening more than anything. I ... Read full review

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Well done. An honest study of food and where it comes from. While he doesn't hide his views, I appreciate that Michael Pollan doesn't preach about the evils of food corporations, or condemn all eaters ... Read full review

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Contents

OUR NATIONAL EATING DISORDER
CORNS CONQUEST
TWO THE FARM
THREE THE ELEVATOR
MAKING MEAT
MAKING COMPLEX FOODS
A REPUBLIC OF
FAST FOOD
GREETINGS FROM THE NONBARCODE
GRASSFED
FIFTEEN THE FORAGER
SIXTEEN THE OMNIVORES DILEMMA
SEVENTEEN THE ETHICS OF EATING ANIMALS
THE MEAT
THE FUNGI
TWENTY THE PERFECT MEAL

GRASS
NINE BIG ORGANIC
THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A PASTURE
PRACTICING COMPLEXITY
IN A GLASS ABATTOIR
THE OMNIVORES DILEMMA
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
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Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including CookedFood RulesIn Defense of FoodThe Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. He's also the author of the audiobook Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

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