"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)
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.
I am pretty committed to the principles embraced in this work, and Mr. Pollan has done some good homework and marshaled his facts. I don't like his writing style. He comes across as pretentious and effete. The facts are the facts, but people are also influenced by presentation.
I just wanted to say I'm glad I didn't let concerns about narration stop me from listening to this book. I found nothing bothersome about the narration, and the book was really wonderful. It's changed how I make food choices, and settled a lot of conflicts in my mind about where to spend my food dollar.
This is the kind of book that can really change your life. . . and you don't have to become a convert to anything for this to happen. As you listen to the book, you simply will become more broadly aware of the world of food and how it is produced. Michael points out that it is odd that we live in a society wherein an investigative journalist is required to find out where our food comes from. And the stories of the different meals he presents here are simply fascinating. By the end of the book, I found myself wondering how the fennel plants growing on the side of the road would taste, and how could I harvest them. Thank you Michael and thank you Scott. Well done. . . and very rare at the same time.
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