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The Omnivore's Dilemma Audiobook

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

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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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    Scott Roselle Park, NJ, United States 09-21-11
    Scott Roselle Park, NJ, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Makes You Think about What You Eat?"
    Would you listen to The Omnivore's Dilemma again? Why?

    Probably not. Its pretty long and its not type of story you would need to listen to multiple times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of industrial organic make you really think about where your food comes from.


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    Yes, the description of the McDonald's chicken nuggets and how they were barely "healthier" than the burger was eye-opening!


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    David Noblesville, IN, United States 08-29-11
    David Noblesville, IN, United States 08-29-11
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    "One of the most impactful books I have ever read."

    This presentation is by far the best of any subject matter to which I have ever been exposed. The subject matter of where our food comes from is one that greatly interests me. But above and beyond the surface of this subject matter, the writing style and clarity with which Pollan writes is stunning. His writing is at once, scientific, insightful, extremely emotional and powerfully but subtly philosophical. The amount of ground covered from pole to pole is extraordinary. Starting with the industrial food chain and it's main component of corn, to the anachronistic farm of Joel Salatin and finally to the emotionally gripping journey of hunting and gathering, not a single detail is spared or missed as oversight. To cover such a wide range of topics in such incredible detail and with such care is absolutely astonishing.

    The narrator brought the presentation to life. He read the book with such zeal and care that he gave me the sense that he was just as interested in the book as I was and that we were reading the book together. The visual imagery that Pollan sought to put into his book came fervently alive with color, power and humor.

    This presentation is stunning and incredible. The subject matter is important to all of us as humans and I am greatly appreciative to Mr. Pollan for bringing this knowledge into my life.

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    Traci Wilton, CT, United States 06-25-11
    Traci Wilton, CT, United States 06-25-11 Member Since 2015
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    "life-changing"

    This book was life changing for me. I thought I knew a lot about what I ate, but Michael Pollan opened my eyes to what I am putting in my mouth and my family's mouth . After listening to this book I became a full fledged vegetarian - that was about 10 months ago. I still cook meat for my family, but am much more thoughtful about what I buy. He can drone on a bit, however, and goes into more detail than necessary, at times.

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    Barb Silver City, NM, United States 01-03-11
    Barb Silver City, NM, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Living a more sustanable life and growing some of what we eat I connect with the message here. It is so hard in todays world to be connected to where our food comes from and that is part of the problem. Thanks Michael for your journey, humor, and connection to what we eat.

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    Rebecca 10-09-10
    Rebecca 10-09-10 Member Since 2016
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    "WOOW-- life changing"

    This book is FANTASTCI-- Very well written, VERY interesting, and has changed how I see myself and my food in this world of ours. SCOTT Brick is wonderful reader as always. AAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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    Ashley Carmichaels, PA, USA 03-11-10
    Ashley Carmichaels, PA, USA 03-11-10
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    "good insight!"

    Makes you really think about where your food is coming from! Loved taking these journeys with the author!

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    gmrob 07-18-09
    gmrob 07-18-09 Member Since 2006

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    "Very interesting"

    The good: This book is facinating. I think it should be essential reading for anyone that eats meat in this country. "In defense of Food" is another book by this author that is (in my opinion) essential reading.

    The not so good: The narrator seems a bit overly dramatic. Also, I did not enjoy the last section when he hunted and foraged for his meal. He did too much philosophizing (is that a word??)

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    Steven 06-09-09
    Steven 06-09-09
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    "Excellent Read and Excellent Listen"

    Everyone needs to digest this material at least once. I am on my second listen and couldn't be happier. I also use the book as a reference since there is so much information here. Scott Brick does a great job here. This book needs this reading. Do not be distracted by those who can't get past the reading.

    This is a long listen granted, but there is so so much information here that you need to give it time to steep and sink in.

    The first chapters on the industrialized food chain and the corn farmers can get a little tedious but hold on and get through it because the chapters on Polyface farms is pure bliss and enjoyment. Outstanding writing and wonderful characters. Highly recommended!!! Also try In defense of food!!!

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    Wesley Lincoln, NE, USA 09-03-08
    Wesley Lincoln, NE, USA 09-03-08
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    "Not for everyone"

    This book is not for everyone...only people who eat. If you fall into this category than do yourself a favor and learn a little something about what you put in your mouth. This is by far the best book I've read (heard) on this subject and in my ever humble opinion should be required reading for everyone.

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    Gilbert 08-05-08
    Gilbert 08-05-08 Member Since 2008
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    "The Omnivore's Dilemma"

    This is a great read, some of the questions that nagged me since childhood were answered in a way not to bore, but to enlighten. The story of discovery is something that will entertain again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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