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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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    Julio 6321 Walnut Grove Street Frederick, CO 80516 01-16-12
    Julio 6321 Walnut Grove Street Frederick, CO 80516 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Conocemos de donde provienen nuestro alimentos?"

    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.

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    G. W. 12-16-11
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    "Wonderfully written and very insightful!"

    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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    "Good information, grating style"

    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.

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    Rebecca E Ankrom Troy, MI United States 08-14-11
    Rebecca E Ankrom Troy, MI United States 08-14-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Book was great, narration was fine"

    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.

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    J. C. Mcnicholas 05-20-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Informative book, very well read"

    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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    Kristine 04-01-11
    Kristine 04-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An amazing food journey!"

    I loved this, start to finish! I didn't quite get why I was being buried in corn at the beginning, but the weight of it was removed at the end. Michael Pollan is a compelling storyteller who leaves you to find the moral. I thank him for the journey, and the thought-provoking oberservations. Digging into Second Nature now, and delighted that he narrates it himself.

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    Shep 02-07-11
    Shep 02-07-11

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    "Great book, but it made me weary"

    I give this book 4 stars because I think the content is very important. If you care about the environment, your children, or your health; you should pay close attention.

    It didn't get five stars from me for two reasons. One is that certain passages (such as on the pathos of hunting) were simply too long without adding any significant amount of substance relative to the theme of the book.

    The other reason is the narration. It's the first book I've listened to to that was narrated by Scott Brick. I found people either like him very much or dislike him very much. I'm somewhat sorry to say that I fall in with the latter group. I found his voice edgy and preachy and I had to go away from it for a couple of weeks to take a break. I think what several people in both positive and negative comments have described as the 'dramatic' element of his voice is what I found unduly annoying. This is a tough subject, and perhaps the text can be a bit preachy itself at times. Adding a preachy tone for the reader was over the top to me. I would have very much enjoyed a calmer, fireside chat kind of read. I will think twice before listening to another book read by him, but with all the praise for him, I will consider it.

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    DebS 12-12-10
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    "Great book, frustrating narration"

    Pollan's book is well-written, engaging and thought-provoking, though also disturbing. I give the content 5 stars. The problem is the narration. The narrator is so in love with his own voice that it is hard to follow the words. He has these odd inflections and cadences that make it more like a poetry reading or perhaps pulpit preaching. It made it hard to follow Pollan's ideas. I've given up on the audio version and will get the print version instead.

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    Yuet 11-09-10
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    ""Was glad this is in audio book""

    I bought this book (actual book) 3 years ago and never had the time to finish it. No I've already listen to it twice on audio book. This is one book that makes you think.

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    Tiffany Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-30-10
    Tiffany Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-30-10
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    "Essential read"

    An eyeopening book that explores where our food comes from and where it SHOULD come from. Every omnivore (and herbivore) should read this if only to know what they're putting in their bodies and know they have a choice and how to go about making that choice. I was even more of a fan of Eating Animals but this was a softer story with a lighter message.

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