While it is interesting to follow the history of corn's unlikely rise to world domination, this book is just one big misdirected hit piece. I haven't even made it to the end, and honestly I'm not going to. This is just some kind of hippy ammunition...because, you know, evil corporations and stuff.
Nothing by this person...ever
A fantastic book with a great ending. As someone who has experimented with many different diets and looked into where our food came from, this reignited my motivation to eat "cleaner" and have a greater awareness to what I'm serving for supper. I learned so much from this book, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I wasn't sure where this story was going but it takes you on a tour of many different types of food and how that food is produced and consumed fascinating book great job
I would say it is above average, but not the best I've ever read. It sometimes gets bogged down by technical details that don't necessarily matter to me as a reader, but I understand why they require inclusion given Pollan's point--ignorance allows our faulty food system to go on, so total knowledge is essential.
Truthfully, I liked the early chapters about corn, the parts about slaughterhouses, and the characters--Pollan himself, Salatan, and the other people who helped Pollan make his conscientious meal at the close of the book.
I have to agree with another review I read before purchasing this book--it did not require a dramatic reading, and Scott Brick's voice at first actually got on my nerves. But as the book became more involved with Pollan's personal tale of becoming a conscientious eater, I didn't mind it so much, and actually began to imagine Scott Brick's voice was how Michael Pollan sounds. When I start to do that, I consider the reading to be good.
Neither, but it did cause me to furrow my eyebrows a lot, which is good. It makes you think realistically about the food you eat, meat, vegetables, and processed food alike.
Great read for anybody eating today. I was a little apprehensive as some reviews said the narration was overly dramatic but I found it to be just fine. The narrative in itself is well paced and broken up nicely into three parts.
If you're alive today, then you're eating. If you're eating, you owe it to yourself to learn a bit more about how food functions in the world today.
I love the way Michael Pollan romanticizes food and connects us with the basics lost in a commercial world.
The first section about the corn and the last section about the meal.
Not really, he has a nice voice and enunciates however I always feel like he is acting and I prefer to listen to Michael Pollan who is not.
I hope he continues to write for a long time to come.
While it was a little too poetic at times, Pollan does a great job of discussing the issues with the food industry from a rather unbiased perspective. Most materials tend to be very left (or occasionally right) and Pollan does a great job of talking about the morality vs. economics instead of negating economics as many liberal sources can often do.
The only comment I have is that some of Pollan's critiques about grass fed animals may not be financially accurate. While I do not think animals should be fed anything but their natural diet, having smaller farms with only grass fed cattle and chicken would make meat a "rich man's" commodity. A lot of these changes for the good of the ecology will hurt the pocket of the lower class and lower middle class which is unfortunate.
A tremendous amount of a variety of information. Fascinating tolearn about our food and where it came from and howwe can raise our own food on very little land. Stresses the reasons why this should be done now more than ever.