"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 topic of the book is well-trodden ground, so I went in with fairly low expecations. But Pollan's willingness to dig in and get his hands dirty made for a great tale that brought a lot of fresh insights to the topic of food sources. The book is filled with interesting characters and stories of people who are very passionate about food and the politics that surround it.
The read was excellent. It was easy on the ear and a pleasure to listen to.
The information given without being "preachy" made this book excellent.
The author weaves together almost all aspects of 21st century food production.
If I had a long enough trip I would have.
Excellent. Informative. Insightful.
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This is an incredibly informative and well balanced look at the state of America's food production
Almost anyone. His reading I found very annoying, and I could not tolerate his mispronunciation of botanical terms. My impression is that he did not make any attempt to research the material to understand it on a level worthy of the content. Mispronouncing "legume" (I could not find any alternative pronunciations, including in the OED) when reading on this topic is unforgivable. It undermines the credibility of the reading for any listener who knows anything about the subject, and misinforms those who don't...
"It's not WHAT you eat. It's what you eat ATE that matters..."
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Scott Brick did me the favor of making me want to re-experience it by reading it. I hate to be so negative, but this is the only Audible book reader I've listened to about whom I could not find anything redeeming to say. I suspect that he is better at fiction, but I'll give "Salt: A World History" a try, and hope that he changes my mind...
Important information that everyone needs to understand.
The reader reads with a tone that is condescending and makes it sound elitist. He just emphasizes the wrong words to make it sound very preachy. It took me a while to realize it was not WHAT was being said but HOW it was said.
I am not finished yet but I will finish it due to the fact that I love Michael Pollan.
No. I had high hopes for the topic, but it ended up being more about corn and grass than I ever wanted to know.
No. I know this is a bit petty, but his voice was awful to listen to. So dull and drone-like, very boring.
While I appreciate the immense amount of research that went into the book, it could've been MUCH shorter. The author kept repeating the same things over and over and added one to many useless anecdotes.
I couldn't even finish the book. And in the 24 years I've been reading, there's only one other book I've not finished due to boring story/bad writing (Eragon).
Great book, but the wrong narrator. Audible should really hire a different person to read the book, then let us all reload the title.
The narrator is perhaps we'll suited to a science-mystery TV show, but his delivery spoils the book for me.
I'm going to return it, based only on narration.
What to eat?
I am impress by the detail of his research and the comprehensiveness of his research. Good information about the different ways to obtain food. Well written so there isn't a clear bias as to which method of eating is better than another. He was able to present information without preaching.
topic can be boring, but he seems to pull it off well.
the amount of feces that the farm animals are surrounded in.
it really was a good story - I looked forward to listening every day and was a little sad when it ended
have not read or listened to anything like this before - right after I finished this, I listened to "in defense of food" by the same author, which was more or less a continuation of this book, but it would not have been as good if I hadn't heard this one first.
I disagree with the other reviewers that say he is too dramatic - it is a dramatic story and his performance is very fitting
no - it was a lot of information to take in, so it was perfect for me in 30-40 minute sections during my walk to and from work
I really loved it - one of the most interesting things i've ever listened to!
I found it to be well written by a highly informed author. Really interesting story about the process and history of food.
it made me think about food production and inspired me to do more at my farm.
I really, really want to listen to this book. But Scott Brick is driving me mad. His reading distracts from the substance of the book. I keep flashing back to his performances of many, many other books I have listened to. His talents are much more suited to a novel. Even then, I don't think I can listen to anything else by Scott Brick. I searched the other Michael Pollan books to find different narrators, but alas, Scott shows up over and over. A few are narrated by Michael himself, will have to listen to the previews, and hope for the best.
Buy the book, because I can't stand to listen.
Michael Pollan, please release a version with your own narration.
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