"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)
A right leaning, open-minded, history science and international intrigue buff.
This book gave me a near complete view of where our food comes from. I've heard many of the stories - tidbits here and there about hormones in our meat and antibiotics in our milk - but this book filled in all those gaps and then some.
There's no one "tidbit" to get from this book. It's loaded with interesting info about our foods. From corn-based everything, to self sustaining farms, to the mysteries behind mushrooms this book covers it all.
Being the judicious person I am I'd like to read something from a counterpoint and I intend to do that. I would say that Pollan was very evenhanded in this book. I'm quite sure that he is something near an evolutionary atheist, but he treated those of differing views with complete equality. The Christian farmer was not portrayed as an closed-minded buffoon as most east coast based journalists would do. Pollan even defended this farmer against one of his elitist colleagues. I give him credit for this.
This book is meant to be about food, the history of food sources and how it becomes our food. I understand that there must be some talk about the purpose and function of various organs or components of all the species involves. Pollan spends much time describing the evolution based development of these organisms. I don't mind this, but if he is going to devote so much ink to this belief I'd like to see him be just as judicious with this subject as he was with all the others. Maybe some ruminating about the implications of intelligent design along some about evolution.
I very much enjoyed this book. It was educational, informative and entertaining. I especially enjoyed the part on Polly Face Farm the best. It has caused me to reevaluate my eating habits. my only complaint is that the book ended on a bad note. The last section was very boring and hard to get through, but I would still listen to this book again. Great listen overall.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
Scott Brick is consistently good - I've never felt he was great, but this is definitely the kind of book I think he excels at. I'd have to see what Pollan is writing about as I found this book a bit overly repetitive.
I actually agree with the message the book presents. I think the book is well researched and interesting, but the book *beats you over the head* with the information! I felt like I the book started to drag because of the slow pace of new information. If the book was abridged wisely I think it'd be a better listen. I hate to say this as I normally abhor abridgement.Anyway I do believe people should know where their food comes from and how absolutely screwed up the system has become and how unhealthy we are becoming due to the problems of industrial farming. The government is not helping us by propping up the system and lying to us about nutrition either.
He is consistent - his reading hasn't seemed variable to me.
No, though I have seen at least two movies with Pollan and other notables from this book in them:FreshFood, Inc.
I agree with most to nearly all of what this book promotes/decries. I think knowing how screwed up our food system and farming has become is important. I just wish this book was less repetitive!
It's hard to say as I didn't look at or read the book. The book was great however and I listened to it while I was in my vehicle etc.
How food has become a commodity and how everything is industrialized. We are now raised to believe food should be cheap and easy to obtain which is not the case. The food we are eating now is clearly unhealthy as evidenced by our growing obesity epidemic and deaths from heart disease etc.
How Big Business' greed is destroying our health.
The Faithful Traveler
I agree with everyone else. This reader needs to chill out a bit. This isn't melodrama.
The content is absolute aces, though. Very helpful info, excellently researched and written.
The contrasting of two very different food supply chains and the symbiosis or lack thereof with other entities in the food chain.
This was my first but have listened to another since. Thought it was equally well done.
The narrator, Scott Brick puts the right emphasis and pauses to make sentences alive!
I have no idea but I keep going back to this over my other audio books.
No character since it is a non-fiction.
Why every animal in North America is fed corn and the devastating consequences.
Scott Brick is fast becoming my my most favorite narrator, dethroning George Guidall.
Author traced the origins of the four topical meals he ate: at MacDonald's, groceries from a Whole Foods store, products from an poly-phase organic farm and foods he hunt and gathered personally. The author seamlessly amalgamates science, history and philosophy into a classic that just may change how I eat.
Después de la lectura de este libro escrito en forma amena e interesante uno necesariamente se cuestiona una cantidad de cosas acerca de nuestra comida de todos los días.
Si bien yo soy un medico oftalmólogo, debo confesar que encontré una información sobre la forma de producir alimentos que me dejó pensativo durante un largo tiempo.
Este libro es recomendable para toda persona que se interese acerca de lo saludable de su forma de alimentarse.
I just loved every moment of this book. It is read well in this audio version, and Michael Pollan is a descriptive, intelligent writer. He incorporates little jokes and makes his own vices and mistakes a delightful part of the story here.
I appreciate what Pollan did to make this about the practical aspects of what and how we eat now, as much as the moral and historical ones.
A MUST-read for anyone curious about how our food system became how it is today, and the questions we should be asking ourselves when we choose what to eat and "vote with our dollars" by purchasing different foods.
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