"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
"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)
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.
I thought the narration keep me interested in the story. I will do some of my own investigation about where my food comes from
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
The industrial complex that the meat supply comes from.
Michael Pollan weaves an interesting story about how food is produced in this country. I was moved to change my food sourcing.
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.
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!
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.
The listening experience was fine, it was the book content that was lacking.
Something not pure propaganda.
Reader's performance was fine, again it was the book content which was lacking.
relative and important information on the cycle of pure food systems. support local products to gain control of our food systems.
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.
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.
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