The Omnivore's Dilemma

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

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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 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 more

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  • Paperback | 450 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 30mm | 359.99g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143038583
  • 9780143038580
  • 9,743

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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")show more

About Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, recently featured on Netflix in the four-part series Cooked, is the author of seven 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, he 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. www.michaelpollan.comshow more

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 Indexshow more

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Gold Medal in Nonfiction for the California Book Award - Winner of the 2007 Bay Area Book Award for Nonfiction - Winner of the 2007 James Beard Book Award/Writing on Food Category - Finalist for the 2007 Orion Book Award - Finalist for the 2007 NBCC Award "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 has perfected a tone-one of gleeful irony and barely suppressed outrage-and a way of inserting himself into a narrative so that a subject comes alive through what he's feeling and thinking. He is a master at drawing back to reveal the greater issues."-Los Angeles Times "Michael Pollan convincingly demonstrates that the oddest meal can be found right around the corner at your local McDonald's.... He brilliantly anatomizes the corn-based diet that has emerged in the postwar era."-The New York Times "[Pollan] wants us at least to know what it is we are eating, where it came from and how it got to our table. He also wants us to be aware of the choices we make and to take responsibility for them. It's an admirable goal, well met in The Omnivore's Dilemma."-The Wall Street Journal "A gripping delight...This is a brilliant, revolutionary book with huge implications for our future and a must-read for everyone. And I do mean everyone."-The Austin Chronicle "As lyrical as What to Eat is hard-hitting, Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals...may be the best single book I read this year. This magisterial work, whose subject is nothing less than our own omnivorous (i.e., eating everything) humanity, is organized around two plants and one ecosystem. Pollan has a love-hate relationship with 'Corn,' the wildly successful plant that has found its way into meat (as feed), corn syrup and virtually every other type of processed food. American agribusiness' monoculture of corn has shoved aside the old pastoral ideal of 'Grass,' and the self-sustaining, diversified farm based on the grass-eating livestock. In 'The Forest,' Pollan ponders the earliest forms of obtaining food: hunting and gathering. If you eat, you should read this book."-Newsday "Smart, insightful, funny and often profound."-USA Today "The Omnivore's Dilemma is an ambitious and thoroughly enjoyable, if sometimes unsettling, attempt to peer over these walls, to bring us closer to a true understanding of what we eat-and, by extension, what we should eat.... It is interested not only in how the consumed affects the consumer, but in how we consumers affect what we consume as well.... Entertaining and memorable. Readers of this intelligent and admirable book will almost certainly find their capacity to delight in food augmented rather than diminished."-San Francisco Chronicle "On the long trip from the soil to our mouths, a trip of 1,500 miles on average, the food we eat often passes through places most of us will never see. Michael Pollan has spent much of the last five years visiting these places on our behalf." "The author of Second Nature and The Botany of Desire, Pollan is willing to go to some lengths to reconnect with what he eats, even if that means putting in a hard week on an organic farm and slitting the throats of chickens. He's not Paris Hilton on The Simple Life."-Time "A pleasure to read."-The Baltimore Sun "A fascinating jourshow more

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