"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....
Please note: This is a companion to the book and not the original book....
This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication....
From farmer Joel Salatin's POV, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. Here, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land....
Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day)....
Humans used to know how to eat well, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers....
Real Food, Fake Food brings listeners into the unregulated food industry, revealing shocking deception extending from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples....
From Christian libertarian farmer Joel Salatin, a clarion call to listeners to honor the animals and the land and to produce food based on spiritual principles....
Here is the dramatic exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn of the century that prompted an investigation by Theodore Roosevelt....
Dr. Joel Fuhrman delivers a hard-hitting, culture-shifting examination of the role fast and processed food plays in our nation's health crisis....
In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town....
Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove "a calorie is NOT a calorie", and takes that science to its logical conclusion....
The End of Overeatinguncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits - and how we can get it back....
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered....
A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere.....
This new audio edition, authorized by Fitzgerald's estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal....
With this updated edition of his earlier book A Place of My Own, listeners can revisit the inspired, intelligent, and often hilarious story of Pollan’s realization of a room of his own....
Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America's most dangerous job - meatpacker. He travels to Las Vegas for a giddily surreal franchisers' convention where Mikhail Gorbachev delivers the keynote address. He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations.
Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.
"... a fierce indictment of the fast food industry." (The New York Times)
I have been using this book as required supplemental reading in my economics classes at a community college for two years. I am deeply grateful to Schlosser's exposure of the targeting of children to "weapons of mass obesity" and the contribution of the fast food industry to the destruction of our health. His section "kids as customers" shows students how effectively the marketing of these products has driven the demand for these "supersized" meals. The discussions of working conditions in both the fast food and meatpacking industry is a clear warning of how our jobs are being de-skilled, automated away, and our standards of living ratcheted down in our post-industrial society. If anyone thinks Schlosser is biased, they ought to be grateful that someone is so dedicated to supporting efforts to save our lives, workplaces, and environment from the "greed is good" mentality of the Gordon Gekkos who have taken over our corporations. I implore people to see "Supersize Me" as well as read this book. I hope that Schlosser's next project is about Wal-Mart.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The narration style is very distracting. Every sentence is inflected as if it were the MOST AMAZING THING EVER! This narrator would do wonderfully with stories about unicorns and magical lands. Social commentary, not so much.
The text itself is great, though.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
This is a powerfully thought provoking book. It is enjoyable simply because it is so very disturbing. As a high-school teacher I found the information relating to the necessity of a large uneducated workforce enlightening. Also, the detailed examples about food processing and taste are well...thought provoking. And, the information about the aggressive campaigning for ever younger customers has lead my wife and I into many discussions about the amount of television and fast food we are willing to let our children consume.
I am critical of the author's biased approach to the material, but he clearly states his agenda at both the beginning and end of the book; so the material can be read with the knowledge that this book is a prosecution of the industry with no real defense.
26 of 30 people found this review helpful
My comment is not about the writing in this book, which other readers have exhaustively discussed, but about the narration. I'm a writer, and I've been listening to audio books for twenty-five years, hundreds of them, and love the experience of being read to. Most narrators are at least pretty good; they have a relaxed, informal reading style that gets out of the way and lets the words of the author take you where the author intended. This is the first audiobook I've encountered which does violence to this principle. The reading style here is like a TV infomercial. That is, the narrator PUNCHES his words for EMPHASIS in every SENTENCE of EVERY PARAGRAPH, and BOY! is it IRRITATING! It's as if he DOESN'T TRUST the listener to REACH THE RIGHT CONCLUSIONS and must CAJOLE and MANIPULATE every step of the way! It's KIND OF like an ACTOR who CHEWS the SCENERY, MUGS, and ALTERS the pitch, tone and VOLUME of his voice into something UNNATURAL and ROBOTIC to indicate what the audience should be experiencing.
The result of this pummeling left me weary and jittery. The book was a chore to get through, as it left no room for the author or the listener: it was all about the narrator, who told me what to think and when to think it, robbing me of the chief joy of reading. Granted, the book is a piece of muckraking journalism, but can't I discover that for myself? The narrator and producer of this travesty have ill served the author, and should be severly flogged, as they have flogged others.
20 of 23 people found this review helpful
This expose on the meat-packing and fast food industries often digresses and becomes too large in scope, which renders the work meandering at times. The message of the text is not alarmist and certainly not apologetic towards the meat-packing and fast food industries. For the most part, Schlosser attacks with facts, but his use of anecdote is somewhat cloying. I recommend the book, because most people simply have no clue how most of the food they consume is processed, and this is a good start. You can take or leave Schlosser's agenda, but you cannot deny the plethora of industry facts and research he has done.
I do not care for the narrator. His tone is too smug for my tastes. At the same time, the text book (as opposed to the audio book) was not as easy to digest.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Hey, don't worry about spending the money on this title... You'll make the money back on what you start saving, eating at home.
The sign of a good book for me, is that you spend time reflecting upon it, long after you have put it down (oops, turned it off).
Some will definitely find this book controversial... but isn't that a good thing? It is certainly well researched and written --- and the reader is one of the best I've heard.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Some of the reviewers focus on the one-sided bashing of the food industry. Clearly the author is not a fan of fast food, slaughterhouses, lack of government regulation in this area and other things.
If that's all someone got of this book then the point was sorely missed.
First of all - what the author says is true. He is far from the only writer to point out the fact that the well being of Americans is NOT high on the priority list for the beef industry. Robin Cook, author of best sellers such as COMA, wrote about this very subject in his novel TOXIN. The fact is that slaughterhouses are terrible, unsafe places where abused workers are routinely injured and the meat they produce can be very unsafe.
Beyond that, however, the book is a fascinating chronicle of the evolution of an industry that has changed the world over the last 50 years. Maybe it's not quite as dismal as the author says but it certainly is different.
The consolidation of farming and ranching to the point where the number of independent potato farmers, chicken growers, cattle ranchers, slaughterhouses has dwindled to a microscopic fraction in the last 50 years is a staggering fact.
The fact that rental income from franchisees is the primary revenue stream for McDonald's is mind boggling. How much better definition of irony is there than to learn that food is almost secondary to one of the world's biggest sellers of food.
The story of how Ray Croc stumbled on the Macdonald brothers because they wanted a few extra mixmasters is compelling.
There's so much education in this book and if you have the intellect to filter out some of the bias of the author it's a great, great book.
The bias is clearly there but it absolutely does not get in the way of this being an outstanding way to learn some very interesting stuff.
Back to the original point - bias aside - this audio will raise your awareness of some issues that we can't continue to ignore.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
What an awesome book. If I had the choice I'd make this a mandatory read for every health class in high school and any other class that would be able to work it into their curriculum.
This is a must read for every American adult because I know it has changed my political and health views forever.
Very nice work Eric!!!
40 of 54 people found this review helpful
This book should help anyone go on a diet and stay on a diet. His research for this was amazing.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
What an incredibly well researched book. I have recommended this book to everyone just because EVERYONE should read/listen to it. We all need to know that we can make a choice NOT to support the fast food giants whose business practices contribute little or no benefit to our lives.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful