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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Everyone that eats food should read this! Wow!

Very eye opening. Scary what is legal and accepted. No wonder we are in a world of hurt...and it will only get worse if we don't change.

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Essential reading

If you eat food, you should read this book. Pollan is informative, entertaining, and philosophical. You are what you eat!

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One of the best narrators, one of the best books

One of the best narrators, one of the best books. I do find the premise of the authors disdain for industrialized food somewhat shortsighted. For example, he points out much of the bad but little of the good. For example, industrialized farming has eradicated hunger in wealthy nations and been part of the foundation for much human economic production and innovation since.

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This should be in everyone's bookcase!

If this book was utilized in schools it could only bring greater awareness to each generation. It can teach us how to treat this planet and ourselves in growing and raising our food with grace.

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great book

this book was full of great information is really a real eye opener. I would highly recommend this book

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Amazing narration and writing!

I've always said that narration can make or break an audiobook and this narrator definitely made this book a favorite for me. Eloquent, enlightening, and endearing. I learned a lot but it was also an excellent story. Some reviews were not favorable towards the narrator so I wanted to make sure and review this audiobook so you would have other opinions. At first listen, he is a little different, but for me, his narration fits the author perfectly. His annunciations were always on point and he had perfect timing. It truly helped keep me listening.

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super interesting with diverse topics

love this book. the diversity of topics was truly extraordinary the research was in depth and presented many fresh concepts. I particularly love the section on the Farm that has the blended type of Agriculture based on grasses. some of the sections seems a little bit long Andover detailed but the overall effect was truly educational and inspiring.

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Amazing and thought provoking.

I have yet to pickup a Pollan book that I have not enjoyed. Thank you Mr Pollan.

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Read it for a class. Was not disappointed

This book was enlightening and it was a great read. I enjoyed listening to this book in the car as I drove and I loved that it was so descriptive. I recommend reading it.

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annoyingly read

while the prose are fine And it is thorough in its reporting, the subject matter paired with such a holier-than-thou affectation rendered the message moot.

I would rather exist solely on McDonalds food for the rest of my life than be condescended to for 15 hours.

should have picked this one up in paperback. hopefully you will.