The good: This book is facinating. I think it should be essential reading for anyone that eats meat in this country. "In defense of Food" is another book by this author that is (in my opinion) essential reading.
The not so good: The narrator seems a bit overly dramatic. Also, I did not enjoy the last section when he hunted and foraged for his meal. He did too much philosophizing (is that a word??)
Everyone needs to digest this material at least once. I am on my second listen and couldn't be happier. I also use the book as a reference since there is so much information here. Scott Brick does a great job here. This book needs this reading. Do not be distracted by those who can't get past the reading.
This is a long listen granted, but there is so so much information here that you need to give it time to steep and sink in.
The first chapters on the industrialized food chain and the corn farmers can get a little tedious but hold on and get through it because the chapters on Polyface farms is pure bliss and enjoyment. Outstanding writing and wonderful characters. Highly recommended!!! Also try In defense of food!!!
This book is not for everyone...only people who eat. If you fall into this category than do yourself a favor and learn a little something about what you put in your mouth. This is by far the best book I've read (heard) on this subject and in my ever humble opinion should be required reading for everyone.
This is a great read, some of the questions that nagged me since childhood were answered in a way not to bore, but to enlighten. The story of discovery is something that will entertain again and again.
This a great "read" for anyone who likes to know where their food comes from. The last quarter of the book (I feel) gets a little melodramatic and corny when starts talking about all of his feelings surrounding hunting. It's a little self-indulgent but the first three quarters are so great, I can forgive it.
Mr. Pollan seems to have done his homework, and does a great job of weaving his findings into a thoroughly enjoyable (and for the most part, mouth-watering) account of four meals.
I found the information to be very interesting and the book was an easy one to get through. It seemed a little dry, but it really made me think and changed a lot of my perspective involving food.
A wonderful examination of the modern food supply chain. The author lays out the different ways we get our food. If you're squemish then you might get grossed out. He lets you decide whether and how to change your eating and shopping habits by providing a ton of information.
This book will change the way you think about food.
Whether it's the impact of pesticides and other agribusiness practices, or the impact of the price of oil, this book will open your eyes. I was amazed at the sheer complexity and fragility of the food chain we've constructed for ourselves.
This book is masterfully written and narrated. Its depressingly frank look at modern reality is interspersed with humor to keep the mood honest, but relatively light.