The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma

A Natural History of Four Meals

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9781594200823
1594200823
9780143038580
Characteristics: 450 p. ;,25 cm.

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mikey69
Apr 06, 2020

Michael Pollan takes mealtime and turns it on its head with THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA: A NATURAL HISTORY OF FOUR MEALS (Penguin Press, $26.95). Within its pages, he follows the genealogy of four meals (one from a fast food chain, one from a large organic supermarket, one from a small organic producer, and the fourth from sustenance he gathers himself) and exposes confounding - and surprising - issues about each. The biggest surprise: How both funny and fascinating a subject as pedestrian as mealtime is in Pollan's hands. It might be more appropriately titled THE SECRET LIVES OF MEALS.

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JanelleDay
Mar 04, 2020

A good read, but extremely dense. I found it difficult to stay focused on this book for too long and ended up switching to an audio version to ease the process.

He brings up some great points and new ideas on the origins of our food. I really appreciate that he calls out the new cancel culture within the food realm (i.e. fad diets and made up allergies). Humans are carnivores made to eat meat, veggies, and dairy so do so!

The darker side of the industry was very eye opening, yet depressive as there are no great alternatives. As the food/farming industry changes there is only so much we can do to mitigate the looming threat of being force fed CORN all the time.

Interesting and insightful - But I much prefer his talks and documentaries to his literature.

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white_wolf_879
Nov 01, 2019

The Omnivores Dilemma is a fantastic read. It is a very interesting study of the American agricultural system and how our eating habits affect both our health and the health of the animals raised to feed us. Few books will make you question your own moral code more than this one, especially when it comes to your dinner plate. The most compelling argument I've seen yet for vegetarianism, veganism, and "beyond organic" food without ever mentioning them. An exposition of jarring facts that are definitely worth reading.

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Lou2005
Jun 26, 2019

One of the best nonfiction books I've read this decade. I thought that since it was ten years old it would already be out of date, but sadly, it is still relevant today.

JCLAMELIAM Jun 18, 2019

Michael Pollan writes about food with remarkable care, insight and curiosity. This book works to untangle some of the reasons why it seems to be so difficult to make the right choices when it comes to what's for dinner. He traces the roots of four meals - fast food, organic, local, and a meal that he has grown/butchered/fermented all himself. This book is incredibly complex, well researched, well presented, and fascinating. I love that he doesn't really come up with answers, tips, tricks, or rules. This is no diet book, it's an exploration of the ethics, origins, and philosophy of food.

HCL_staff_reviews Oct 16, 2018

The author presents straightforward and practical reasons to highlight why people, especially Americans, should question what's in our food and where it comes from. — Laura C., Eden Prairie Library

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movar
Jan 13, 2018

Very detailed book. Pollan has a good sense of humor. He also gives many references all along. I wish this book was translated in French, faster for me to read.

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LizSJ57
Feb 09, 2015

Loved this book. Great for expanding our critical thinking and provides lots of "food" for thought.

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Ron
Feb 06, 2015

excelent

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ilovesfpl8392
Jan 07, 2015

A great book about food and the choices we make

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mikey69
Apr 06, 2020

In THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA, Michael Pollan traces the genealogy of four meals (one from a fast food chain, one from a large organic supermarket, one from a small organic producer, and the fourth from sustenance he gathers himself) and exposes surprising issues about each. Both funny and fascinating, OMNIVORE'S is the ultimate reveal of the secret lives of meals.

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Apr 06, 2020

OMNIVORE'S is the ultimate reveal of the secret lives of meals.
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