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

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


By (author) Michael Pollan

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 214mm x 30mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143038583
  • ISBN 13: 9780143038580
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 6,654

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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 #1 "New York Times" Bestsellers "In Defense of Food "and "Food Rules" Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, as the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, "The Omnivore's Dilemma "is changing the way Americans thing about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating. "Thoughtful, engrossing ... You're not likely to get a better explanation of exactly where your food comes from." -"The New York Times Book Review" "An eater's manifesto ... [Pollan's] cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling. Be careful of your dinner!" -"The Washington Post" "Outstanding... a wide-ranging invitation to think through the moral ramifications of our eating habits." "--The New Yorker" "If you ever thought 'what's for dinner' was a simple question, you'll change your mind after reading Pollan's searing indictment of today's food industry-and his glimpse of some inspiring alternatives.... I just loved this book so much I didn't want it to end." "-The Seattle Times" Michael Pollan's newest book "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation"--the story of our most trusted food expert's culinary education--was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.

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Author information

MICHAEL POLLAN is the author of six previous books, including "Food Rules," "In Defense of Food," "The Omnivore's Dilemma," and "The Botany of Desire," all "New York Times "bestsellers. A longtime contributor to "The New York Times Magazine," Pollan is the recipient of the James Beard Award and is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, "Time" magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. His most recent book, "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation," was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.

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A brilliant, eye-opening account of how we produce, market, and agonize over what we eat. ("The Seattle Times")

Table of contents

The Omnivore's DilemmaIntroduction: Our National Eating Disorder I. Industrial: Corn One. The Plant: Corn's Conquest Two. The Farm Three. The Elevator Four. The Feedlot: Making Meat Five. The Processing Plant: Making Complex Foods Six. The Consumer: A Republic of Fat Seven. The Meal: Fast Food II. Pastoral: Grass Eight. All Flesh Is Grass Nine. Big Organic Ten. Grass: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Pasture Eleven. The Animals: Practicing Complexity Twelve. Slaughter: In a Glass Abattoir Thirteen. The Market: "Greetings from the Non-Barcode People" Fourteen. The Meal: Grass Fed III. Personal: The Forest Fifteen. The Forager Sixteen. The Omnivore's Dilemma Seventeen. The Ethics of Eating Animals Eighteen. Hunting: The Meat Nineteen. Gathering: The Fungi Twenty. The Perfect Meal Acknowledgments Sources Index