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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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    Linda NC, USA 05-21-15
    Linda NC, USA 05-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved it!"

    I was enlightened on so many levels. I have a greater appreciation for the food I eat & can make more informed decisions because of what I learned from this book. Michael Pollan was able to take a topic heavy with information & also make it easy & enjoyable to digest.

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    Kale Bittner Florida State University 04-22-15
    Kale Bittner Florida State University 04-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Changed the way I eat."

    This book has adjusted the way I view food and what kind of food I will purchase in the future.

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    "This is one of those books that changes you!"

    This book and a handful of others has indelibly influenced my outlook on the world D con of me and my own personal lifestyle if you have any interest in improving your own diet for the economy or even strictly environmental interest this book is fantastic.

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    Michael Andrew Green 04-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Alarming Intriguing"

    An in depth journey as to not only where our food comes from, but the obligation we each have to know what we are feeding ourselves.

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    Hilary 04-15-15
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    "Learned a lot"

    I'm still talking about all I learned. Some sections were too elaborative but overall I liked the documentary style approach and how thorough the authors research was.

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    Lightweight 04-07-15
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    "Mushroom adventures?"

    Great book however, the chapters that elaborate on the authors cooking techniques and mushroom adventures tempted me to stop listening. All content besides the above was great.

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    Great story of how our food lands on our plates. He discusses both sides of the potential moral dilemma of being an omnivore. Excellent narration!

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    Wendy 03-19-15
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    I'm actually writing this review upon doing some library cleanup on my account. It has been about 30 days since I finished it, and I don't remember most of it. It was not nearly as engaging as I had hoped for it to be. If this kind of content fascinates you, then you will likely enjoy it. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend.

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    Megan 02-17-15
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    "Will change the way you think about food"

    This book changed the way I think and feel about the food on my plate. It isn't a particularly enjoyable read, Pollan is a bit didactic at times, but the narrative string is there enough to follow through as you learn about the industrial food change, organic and beyond organic foods, and even hunting and gathering (although in retrospect I might have stopped reading before that last chapter).

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    David Case 02-11-15
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    "Are you what you eat?"

    My doctor encouraged me to get this book, so it took some time before I picked it up. Now I am the one recommending the book. If you have taken the time to get read this then just get it. You will not regret the decision.

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