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The Omnivore's Dilemma Audiobook

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

"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. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.
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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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    Elaina 03-08-13
    Elaina 03-08-13
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    Where does The Omnivore's Dilemma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    The exposé on the bulk organic industry was eye-opening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the end, where Pollon serves a meal made entirely of hunted and gathered foods, was memorable - and made me hungry.


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

    I watched Food Inc. and Fresh and read a few articles on food before I picked up this book. This one was the nail in the coffin for me. I can no longer enjoy fast food, or even stomach it.


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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 03-08-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 03-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    More a journey than a research book. While researching the food industry the author many of his personal thoughts. Very informative but could have been more concise. Another very good book I rated five stars is Wheatbelly. While Pollan expounds on the omnipresence of corn, Dr. William Davis, a well known cardiologist, has written a well researched book on the dangers of genetically altered wheat.

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    Roman Radomyslsky New York, NY 02-12-13
    Roman Radomyslsky New York, NY 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What we Eat 101: a well written, informative guide"
    If you could sum up The Omnivore's Dilemma in three words, what would they be?

    In the era when the choice of what we eat for dinner is no longer dictated by our environment, the book provides an insight to what this really means...


    What other book might you compare The Omnivore's Dilemma to and why?

    Food Rules - another book by the same author that encapsulates the conclusions one might reach after reading Ominvore's Dilemma...however, while Food Rules can be read by a third-grader... Ominvore's Dilemma is a deeply informative and entertaining journey for an adult.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick is just awesome! I have not listened to his other performances yet but if I see one, I may be swayed to try out knowing that I will enjoy the "performance" of the content.


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    Matt Burlington, IA, United States 02-05-13
    Matt Burlington, IA, United States 02-05-13
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    What made the experience of listening to The Omnivore's Dilemma the most enjoyable?


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    Which scene was your favorite?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Changed the way I look at food everyday. More people should read/listen to this book!

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    mike MORAGA, CA, United States 01-14-13
    mike MORAGA, CA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A book everyone should take time to read/listen to"
    If you could sum up The Omnivore's Dilemma in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, eyeopening, motivating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author, for his approach at contrasting the same food from two different origins


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The author, for his approach at contrasting the same food from two different origins


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - but it's a bit long for that.


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    Claude F 12-15-12
    Claude F 12-15-12
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    "Important book with great ideas to think about"
    Would you listen to The Omnivore's Dilemma again? Why?

    I would listen to the book again to be reminded of this particular food ethics. Also his ideas are important enough for me to try to unpack and find ways of putting them into use.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    The mobile chicken coop. The are videos of it on YouTube.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Not a criticism, but Scott Brick's voice and performance was so close to David LeDoux's in Freedom that I had flashbacks.


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    William A 10-08-12
    William A 10-08-12

    Simply not enough time in the world to read all the books I want to, so now I listen to them.

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    "This book is a MUST have!"
    Would you listen to The Omnivore's Dilemma again? Why?

    Yes, it is way to long to take everything in on the first listen. This is an amazing book that has changed the way I view food, and what I buy at the store.


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes me want to know more about the food I buy and eat and provide for my family. It made me think about food in a way I never would have thought. Without even saying it directly, the book makes the connection that industrial agriculture is likely to blame for the spike in cancer and other illnesses effecting our country and the industrialized world. It almost makes me want to grow my own foods so not EVERYTHING I eat is corn. I will be buying 4 or 5 copies of the paperback for my family to give them this holiday. Also, the voice actor was incredible. I hope to hear him again. Very easy to listen to him.

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    Amy East Lansing, MI, United States 10-01-12
    Amy East Lansing, MI, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Very informative book."
    What did you love best about The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    Essential reading if you're interested in health.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Informative.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could give The Omnivore's Dilemma a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What you should look for in food-purchasing decisions.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    Brett SAINT JAMES, NY, United States 09-20-12
    Brett SAINT JAMES, NY, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    What did you love best about The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    I have hesitated listening to the Omnivore's Dilemma out of fear that it would turn me off to many of the foods I rely on. Instead it was a clearly written entertaining story of the "behind the scenes" food production in modern society.


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    "Great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. You'll never look at food the same way again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    The time on PolyFace farm.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    No. I think that he had a preachy / condescending tone that got in the way with the books message.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a take-it-easy, inspirational and educational book. I liked taking breaks from it to think about its message.


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