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The Omnivore's Dilemma Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the 21st century.

"What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't, which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we're realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore's Dilemma is best-selling author Michael Pollan's brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America.

We are indeed what we eat, and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore's Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as "What shall we have for dinner?"

©2006 Michael Pollan; (P)2006 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

  • National Book Critics Circle 2006 Award Finalist, Nonfiction

"Remarkably clearheaded book....A fascinating journey up and down the food chain." (Publishers Weekly)
"His supermeticulous reporting is the book's strength - you're not likely to get a better explanation of where your food comes from....In an uncommonly good year for American food writing, this is a book that stands out." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Completely charming." (Nora Ephron)

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    L. Davis 01-14-16
    L. Davis 01-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Want to change the way I nourish myself"
    What did you love best about The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    The way Michael Pollan can tell a story completely engaged me. I will never look at food, especially corn, the same way. The stories made me pause and hesitate before selecting food and I have already changed the way I source my food and what that food is.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I thought the narration keep me interested in the story. I will do some of my own investigation about where my food comes from


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He kept me listening to things that I really did not want to know about. I can no longer go to the supermarket with blinders on


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The industrial complex that the meat supply comes from.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Pollan weaves an interesting story about how food is produced in this country. I was moved to change my food sourcing.

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    Diann 01-13-16
    Diann 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Creates new appreciation ❤️"

    Starts off slow, yet, this book is immensely important to bring us back to having a connection between something as intimate as what we put in our bodies on a daily basis and to the beauty of nature 🍃🌹
    I recommend everyone have a chance to read or listen to this thought out book.

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    David J Knight Folsom, LA United States 01-01-16
    David J Knight Folsom, LA United States 01-01-16
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    "a gift to our generation"

    That moment when you read the last line of a book and knowyouwil read it again. Not an easy read but a delightful and essential one. Thank you, Michael P!

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    Trevor1500 11-30-15
    Trevor1500 11-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read!"

    America must wake up to our demise and wake up you will if you dare to read the truth with an open mind.

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    tiamoanchio 11-24-15
    tiamoanchio 11-24-15
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    "excellent listening"

    some people have complained about the narrator... speed it up and he sounds great, highly enjoyable voice.

    I enjoyed the content so much that I purchased the version of the book geared towards young adults, hoping to teach kids about more conscious eating vs unconscious shoveling of food type products into their mouths. it's still a work in progress.

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    Steve Kollias 11-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Do yourself a favor and download this book!"

    Wow! One of the best books I've ever encountered. Totally reshaped the way I eat in a good way.

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    Kristen A. Wellmann 11-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "could not even finish it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The listening experience was fine, it was the book content that was lacking.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something not pure propaganda.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader's performance was fine, again it was the book content which was lacking.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not particularly.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. J. Roldan Los Angeles, CA United States 10-25-15
    S. J. Roldan Los Angeles, CA United States 10-25-15
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    "sounded great."

    relative and important information on the cycle of pure food systems. support local products to gain control of our food systems.

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    Amazon Customer 10-13-15
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    "love the first 2/3 of it"

    the first 2 thirds of it were great and interesting, but then author goes into a tale of hunting and gathering that doesnt fit in the original narrative of food practices. i couldn't care less abiut his dinner with friends, it would've been better to end it before the hunting trip stories.

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    Jessica Stanford 10-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    I have long been a fan of Michael Pollan's work. He is an evocative and funny read. I felt that the narrator, Scott Brick, presented his fanciful, stylistic flourishes well (contrary to what other commenters have said). If you are interested in the ethics of food, this is a great teaser. He bridges the gap from personal experience to big picture. I wouldn't call this the seminal text on environmental/ethical eating, but I think it's an excellent introductory work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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