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

The Omnivore s Dilemma A Natural History of Four Meals Today buffeted by one food fad after another America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder Will it be fast food tonight or something organic Or perhaps somethin

  • Title: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
  • Author: Michael Pollan
  • ISBN: 9781594200823
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic Or perhaps something we grew ourselves The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man first discovered fire But, as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, hToday, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic Or perhaps something we grew ourselves The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man first discovered fire But, as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, at the dawn of the twenty first century, may determine our survival as a species Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore s Dilemma is changing the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

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    1. Michael Pollan is a journalist, and an omnivore, curious about where the food he puts in his mouth comes from In the book he follows four meals from the very beginning of the food chain to his plate What he finds is that the food we put in our mouths turns out to be a big decision a moral, political, and environmental one.Part One CORNThe discussion begins with CORN Part one of this book is shocking I knew corn was the main crop grown in America and that farmers growing it are in big trouble, re [...]


    2. I was resistant to reading this book because I m not an omnivore, and also I thought that Pollan s book The Botany of Desire was brilliant and I suspected I would not feel as fond of this one, which is certainly true He does write well, but I didn t find that this book had the eloquence or elegance of the other.The sub title of this book could read It s Really Ok To Eat Dead Animals, Really It Is Which I realize for most people it is But eating flesh foods and other foods made from animals such [...]


    3. I liked Michael Pollan s The Omnivore s Dilemma so much that I searched reviews for reasons not to like it.Let me explain.Whenever a really influential book like this comes out, there s a pretty reliable pattern that follows There s the newspaper toast of the town effect, followed by bland and ubiquitous morning TV interviews, and, if you re lucky, an innocuous appearance on Oprah, probably followed by a massive boost in sales However, there is usually a fairly large group of people absolutely p [...]


    4. Wow, it seems like a lot of people didn t notice that this kinda sucked Weird It read to me like he wrote The Botany of Desire, decided that that framework a loose structure in which he can just talk alternately interesting and totally self serving shit for a whole book and figured he d give it another go, but this time as his MAGNUM OPUS And I was pretty into it, for the most part, but in a lot of the parts where he thinks he s being super even handed, he s actually often being a boring middle [...]


    5. Man, this book is great The best book I read last year, easily Mushrooms, chicken slaughter, sustainability, french fries, soul searching questions, it s all here Just read it already Okay, if that didn t sell you, here s info, from the review I wrote for my farm community Stearns Farm, Framingham, MA The Omnivore s Dilemma created a lot buzz since its publication in 2006, so you may have read it already If you haven t picked it up yet, consider checking it out At 464 pages, it is definitely on [...]


    6. I love food I really love food I believe it is one of the most fascinating cultural facts in our lives I particularly love food that is taken as meals and then the words that gather about meals not least that most beautiful word sharing Because food is never better than when it is shared as ours Recently I was delighted to learn the etymology of the word companion That has become my favourite way to describe the people I m fond of The word comes from Latin and means with bread that is, someone y [...]


    7. I thoroughly enjoyed The Omnivore s Dilemma by Michael Pollan He s been one of my favorite writers, ever since I read A Place of My Own, some years ago And I stumble across stories by him in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, often quite by accident, and then look at the byline to see who this talented writer is, and there s Pollan again.The book has the distinct danger of making you annoying to your spouse partner children, because you ll be reading along and feel compelled to share a fact abo [...]


    8. After reading books like these, I m not sure what to eat any Michael Pollan, a sort of food journalist, doesn t always give you the kind of clear cut answers you d like if you re reading books like this in order to learn what s healthy for your body and what s not However, here are two important things I did learn 1 Eating only one thing is not good for you in the long run 2 Corn is in nearly everything we eat these days.America grows corn The American government pays for its farmers to grow cor [...]


    9. He makes some good points but in the end, it smacks of well off white man over simplifying an incredibly complex issue What the book has going for it is that it s a best seller, especially to the faux liberal, over educated set and it s at least making them THINK about where their food is coming from What I don t like though, is that it lets them off the hook as far as accountability if they just go about buying the RIGHT kind of meat Well, all of that free range humane meat goes to the same cre [...]


    10. Update 5 23 2010 Terrific piece by Michael Pollan in the NYRB June 10, 2010, The Food Movement, Rising in which he reviews five books Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal, Terra Madre Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities, All You Can Eat How Hungry is America , The Taste for Civilization Food, Politics, and Civil Society, Eating AnimalsI am beginning to wallow and bask in the mire of food politics, subject of Pollan s piece It s interesting to read the comments section afte [...]


    11. The Omnivore s Dilemma is definitely worth your thyme Have you ever thought about where that burger came from How about the diet of your store bought salmon Are you just tired about hearing about the exhaustive origins of your food at every fancy restaurant Do you wish your hipster friends would stop trying to get you to forage for mushrooms Then I ve got the book for you I d been taking down the audiobook of Pollan s The Omnivore s Dilemma A Natural History of Four Meals intermittently for mont [...]


    12. remember when this book, written by a proud meat eater, accidentally made me a vegetarian Okay, but seriously, I d recommend giving this a read Give the teen version a read if you really can t take a 450 page nonfiction book Either way, I think everyone needs to know exactly how the food industry works And no, it s not advocating for you to become a vegetarian it s simply showing truths The lack of attempt to guilt readership is honestly what stands out about this book By showing reality without [...]


    13. A wise man recently told me, Capitalism is here to stay With that in mind, Michael Pollan s The Omnivore s Dilemma is a feel good guide to consumerism at its most sustainable, organic, locally grown, and ultimately high end Yes, this is an eye opening read that will, at first, make you want to stop eating all together then compel you to grab a sturdy pair of boots you can kick around in, throw on some clothes that will certainly get dirty, if not bloody, and step into the splendors of the natura [...]


    14. Update The Wilson Quarterly provides a very nice slideshow of Polyface Farm, in Virginia s Shenandoah Valley, which plays a key role in Pollan s examination of sustainable agriculture I thought when I started this book that a review would be superfluous after all, it was published many years ago and has been reviewed thousands of times But the material is provocative, and some reviews on this and similar books induce yet thinking.There s certainly a lot to talk about when it comes to food I sup [...]


    15. 3.5 I made the mistake of reading this a decade after its publication, which means I already knew most of its facts about industrialized farming and the insidiousness of processed foods, especially high fructose corn syrup I found Part I to be overly detailed and one note, constantly harping on about corn The book gets better as it goes on, though, with Pollan doing field research at Joel Salatin s Polyface Farm in Virginia to compare large scale organic agriculture with sustainable grassroots [...]


    16. From the very beginning, Omnivore s Dilemma, it had me thinking a lot about my childhood I grew up on my grandparents farm in MN, where we had draft horses, cows, chickens, a garden filled with vegetables, apple trees and rows upon rows of corn I learned how to take an ear off the stalk at a very young age probably around the same time that I learned how to bale hay because across the farm from the rows of corn, we also had a field of alfalfa and wheat While my grandpa grew corn to sell to buyer [...]


    17. I had an idea of where this book was headed before I even read it eat organic, local produce, and choose grass fed meat over factory farm meat I knew from a quote in Eating Animals that Pollan eventually dismisses vegetarianism as a decision not grounded in reality What I didn t expect was for him to reach that conclusion so quickly and without so much as visiting a slaughterhouse.Instead he visits Polyface farms, slaughters a few chickens in a manner far humane than the fate met by the chicken [...]


    18. I ll never look at corn the same way again.This book provokes a lot of thought about the origins of our food and the biological, political, social and economic implications of those origins I liked that Pollan approached the topic journalistically, with admirably little in the way of political agenda To structure his book, he uses the format of following the path of four finished meals from origin to plate one McDonald s meal, one comprised of supermarket organic products, one from a beyond orga [...]


    19. Michael Pollan is anti science.He blames scientists for the misappropriation of scientific language in advertising He touts folk wisdom.I saw him at a book reading and asked him why he is critical of science He said the science is too easy to abuse, so it should just be ignored.This is horrible advice Ignorance doesn t solve anything.It leaves people vulnerable to those who would mislead and deceive them.


    20. Has served to overcome my general revulsion of journalists mascarading expose as scientific truth e.g Malcolm Gladwell or Thomas Friedman Well worth reading, though a second, scientific perspective read not Schlosser would be a good companion to fill out what this book offers Finished I take back what I said, what I thought was gearing up to be analytical and thought provoking really unwound over the course of the book Pollan comes off a lot like a homespun wisdom spewing grandma than someone w [...]


    21. Ok friends, I LOVED this book It was a little long and it kind of meandered and changed tone in the last 1 3 but it was good all the way through This book is about the industrial food chain and the author s adventures in trying to trace where his food comes from He researches the 3 different processes that go into 3 types of meals an industrially produced meal McDonald s , an organic meal Whole Foods and a hunter gatherer meal he kills collects everything he eats for this meal If you don t have [...]


    22. Twice a week, there is a farmer s market at my local park It is half a block away from my house For the last several years, I ve brought food there I can no longer eat, for instance, apples from the supermarket They taste waxy Considering how much I like my local farmer s market, it s surprising that it took me so long to read this book.Seeing marked down to a dollar helped motivate me.It s a good book It s a scary book It makes me want to buy everything from the farmer s market which is impossi [...]


    23. This guy deserves an extra star just for the sheer depth of his coverage I don t necessarily agree with some of his conclusions, but I admire the way he went out there and immersed himself in the topics he was studying.Books like this always make me feel good about the changes I ve made in my eating habits over the last few years as well as motivating me to remain vigilant when I start to get lazy.I look forward to trying of this author s books.


    24. A accurate subtitle for this book would be An Ecology of Four Meals The ecological perspective permits Pollan to focus on questions of sustainability, and social and environmental cost, as opposed to the point of purchase price visible to the consumer His first meal is the ubiquitous fast food family meal consumed on the road with his family It is no surprise that the meal represents a choice of convenience over nutrition What is surprising is that the meal is based on corn, Number 2 hybrid to [...]


    25. This was an amazing book Pollen takes the reader on a food adventure that is thought provoking, disturbing and quietly challenges they way we all look at the meal in front of us all without being obnoxious or righteous.The book begins simply enough in an Iowa cornfield as Pollen breaks down the history of corn and the future of this simple grain He deftly weaves this into how we eat this product and what it s doing to us and agriculture From Iowa we travel with him as he visits his steer 534 in [...]


    26. I can t remember the last time I read a book I learned so much from This is highly recommended for anyone who wonders about food, obesity, organic, local, vegetarian, etc Quotes if you re interested but I could have quoted the entire book I know I will never look at corn the same way, nor will I ever buy the cheap eggs On obesity Very simply, we subsidize high fructose corn syrup in this country, but not carrots While the surgeon general is raising alarms over the epidemic of obesity, the presid [...]


    27. There is nothing excruciating than having to read a book you re uninterested in for class I can t really say this book was a waste of my time though because i gained some useful knowledge from it and some parts equally annoyed me but what can i expect from a book riddled with self righteous prose from an author who writes in a way that sets him up on the right moral pedestal This may not have been his intention but i do not care either way I am just glad i finished it and i hope to never be su [...]


    28. Michael Pollan is a food activist, trying to get people to dump fast food and industrial food, and eat healthier I first came across him in a documentary called Cooked, and I loved the way he talked about fresh food Eating and cooking, to some extent is a passion with me, so I was hooked I loved the documentary, and I expected to love this book And I did The main subject of the book is how maize or corn displaced all other crops in the US Because it offers a better return for money for the big a [...]


    29. The Omnivore s Dilemma should rightfully deserve credit for bring issues of food into popular discussion However, there are some errors and omissions which bear repeating It is the role of a book about scientific analysis to be as objectively true as possible, and let rhetorical flourish come later.Now, the book itself.Pollan compares three systems of food gathering The first system of food production is the industrial Is it still perhaps the least understood and the most demonized It has its ro [...]


    30. I really like Pollan s writing style, he brings points home with simplicity, and he is able to cover a lot of ground without the writing feelings unnecessarily circuitous or blustery More than that though, I like that he is willing to experience I mean, that s the very core of responsible journalism, Pollan goes and works on the farms, he helps slaughter chickens, he sits in tractors, he goes hunting and foraging, he throws himself bodily and emotionally into these experiences, and at each point [...]


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