Quality from the research to the narration. Pollan deserves a medal for the work he's done. This is a dense book, and is particularly well-suited to audio. (Quite frankly, I'm not sure I would have gotten through the print version, and that would have been a shame.) One of the most influential books I've "read" in years.
My fear with any books offering detailed knowledge on a specific subject is that the information presented will be slanted towards the authors opinion. I was happily impressed that Michael Pollan avoiding putting his personal bias on the information he was providing. That's not to say that he didn't offer his opinion, but he reserved it until he laid out the facts. This style allows you to make up your own mind rather than allowing the author to warp your perception to match theirs. This book provided me with eye opening information about the industrial food chain, as well as the slow food movement and even hunting and gathering. The only thing I felt was missing was a lengthier conclusion, offering the author's final opinion after researching and eating his three meals.
Something you've always suspected, but never really wanted to know. After reading this book, you know too much. Very informative though and it is well worth reading about what you put into your body every day. You know the saying "garbage in, garbage out", so you better take to heart some of the facts presented here. If you're at all interested in living healthy and (hopefully) long and/or have young children you must read this book. You should know what you're eating and feeding your kids!
very thorough and interesting investigation of four ways a meal can be produced. The best part by far is polyface farm, as a world view where an understanding of science and nature are brought together to produce healthy, sustainable food. An easy listen, I suggest listening to the botany of desire as well
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 encompasses the subject of eating food like no other I have come across. The wide array and level of depth of information is amazing. Not only is Pollan's prose engaging and full of wit and humor, Scott Brick's narraration is equally outstanding bringing Pollan's prose to life with vibrance and inflection.
I don't think I am able to do the book justice in describing its breadth, so I will say that there is an abundance of good reading for the food enthusiast, the philosopher, the consumer activist, the history buff, the spiritualist, the health nut, the naturalist, the economist, but to most of all...the average human being who consumes food on a daily basis... which makes us all!!
For another enlightening book on food that covers similar grounds, check out "Much Depends On Dinner" by Margaret Visser.
I really enjoyed Michael Pallin's last book and this one is very good too. The section on local agriculture was very interesting. Bu the narrator was overly dramatic to the point of being difficult to listen to. I'm a dedicated listener, and I liked the book, but I nearly turned it off a few times due to the narration.
seemingly endless but worth it. i found it enlightening and interesting. this book will challenge your understanding of our food supply, and how to make the best choices for you and your family.
Add this to the long list of "Bricked" books appearing on Audible. Scott Brick's narrative style is a distraction from the actual substance of the book. I enjoyed the substance of the book, but had a very difficult time reaching it through the unnecessarily dramatic reading. Mr. Brick has narrated many other books I would like to listen to, and I have suffered through a couple of others, but will not make the mistake of purchasing another book read by him.
This is non-fiction at its best. Not only is the entire book a huge eye-opener concerning our nation's food production, but Pollan's style is engaging and fluid. I fought "reading" this for about a month--I'd much rather leave my head in the sand when it comes to the scary stuff in/about our food, and I was expecting Pollan's solution to be some ridiculously extreme change in diet. Turns out, he simply shed light on some pretty serious issues and recommends that we simply be intelligent and well informed about our what we eat and where it comes from.
Great performance for a great piece of journalism.