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

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Penguin, Apr 11, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 464 pages
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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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User Review  - amcheri - LibraryThing

This book has been on my shelf for 13 years. I finally dusted it off, literally, and got down to reading. It has forced me, as I knew it would, to yank my head out of the sand with regard to food ... Read full review

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User Review  - KittyCunningham - LibraryThing

This will not turn you into a vegetarian, but it may turn you into a locavore. It inspires a thoughtful consciousness to what we eat that is enriching. Eventually, it returns us to the meaning of grace. Read full review

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Contents

The Plant Corns Conquest
15
The Farm
32
The Elevator
57
The Feedlot Making Meat
65
The Processing Plant Making Complex Foods
85
The Consumer A Republic of Fat
100
The Meal Fast Food
109
PASTORAL GRASS
121
The Market Greetings from the NonBarcode People
239
The Meal GrassFed
262
PERSONAL THE FOREST
275
The Forager
277
The Omnivores Dilemma
287
The Ethics of Eating Animals
304
Hunting The Meat
334
Gathering The Fungi
364

All Flesh Is Grass
123
Big Organic
134
Grass Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Pasture
185
The Animals Practicing Complexity
208
Slaughter In a Glass Abattoir
226
The Perfect Meal
391
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
413
SOURCES
417
INDEX
437
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Michael Pollan is the author of eight books, including How to Change Your Mind, Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of the audiobook Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Made the Modern World. A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan teaches writing at Harvard University 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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