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The Omnivore's Dilemma

A Natural History of Four Meals

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  • 4.04 ·
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  • 4 Currently reading
  • 35 Have read
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Penguin Press
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English
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450

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What should we have for dinner? For omnivore's like ourselves, this simple question has always posed a dilemma: When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods on offer might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. The omnivore's dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape. What's at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children's health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.

The Omnivore's Dilemma is a groundbreaking book in which one of America's most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but, according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, how we answer it today, ath the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species. Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic> Or perhaps something we hunt, gather or grow ourselves?

To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us--industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves--from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating. His absorbing narrative takes us from Iowa cornfields to food laboratories, from feedlots and fast-food restaurants to organic farms and hunting grounds, always emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on. Each time Pollan sits down to a meal, he deploys his unique blend of personal and investigative journalism to trace the origins of everything consumed, revealing what we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods and flavors reflects our evolutionary inheritance.

The surprising answers Pollan offers to the simple question posed by this book have profound political, economic, psychological, and even mortal implications for all of us. Ultimately, this is a book as much about visionary solutions as it is about problems, and Pollan contends that, when it comes to food, doing the right thing often turns out to be the tastiest thing an eater can do. Beautifully written and thrillingly argued, The Omnivore's Dilemma promises to change the way we think about the politics and pleasure of eating. For anyone who reads it, dinner will never again look, or taste, quite the same.
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New York, USA

First Sentence

"What should we have for dinner?"

Table of Contents

Introduction Our National Eating Disorder 1
I. Industrial Corn 13
One The Plant: Corn's Conquest 15
Two The Farm 32
Three The Elevator 57
Four The Feedlot: Making Meat 65
Five The Processing Plant: Making Complex Foods 85
Six The Consumer: A Republic of Fat 100
Seven The Meal: Fast Food 109
II. Pastoral Grass 121
Eight All Flesh is Grass 123
Nine Big Organic 134
Ten Grass: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Pasture 185
Eleven The Animals: Practicing Complexity 208
Twelve Slaughter: In a Glass Abattoir 226
Thirteen The Market: "Greetings from the Non-Barcode People" 239
Fourteen The Meal: Grass-Fed 262
III. Personal The Forest 275
Fifteen The Forager 277
Sixteen The Omnivore's Dilemma 287
Seventeen The Ethics of Eating Animals 304
Eighteen Hunting: The Meat 334
Nineteen Gathering: The Fungi 364
Twenty The Perfect Meal 391
Acknowledgments 413
Sources 417
Index 437

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.
US/CAN

Copyright Date
2006

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
394.1/2
Library of Congress
GT2850 .P65 2006, GT2850.P65 2006

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
450p.
Number of pages
450

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Open Library
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Internet Archive
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ISBN 10
1594200823
ISBN 13
9781594200823
LCCN
2005056557
OCLC/WorldCat
492492664, 671912529
Alibris ID
9781594200823
Google
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Amazon ID (ASIN)
1594200823
Library Thing
504173
Goodreads
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Work Description

What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, how we answer it today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species. Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic? Or perhaps something we hunt, gather, or grow ourselves? The omnivore’s dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape. What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.

In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating. His absorbing narrative takes us from Iowa cornfields to food-science laboratories, from feedlots and fast-food restaurants to organic farms and hunting grounds, always emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on. Each time Pollan sits down to a meal, he deploys his unique blend of personal and investigative journalism to trace the origins of everything consumed, revealing what we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods and flavors reflects our evolutionary inheritance.

The surprising answers Pollan offers to the simple question posed by this book have profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us. Beautifully written and thrillingly argued, The Omnivore’s Dilemma promises to change the way we think about the politics and pleasure of eating. For anyone who reads it, dinner will never again look, or taste, quite the same.
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What should we have for dinner?
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Air-conditioned, odorless, illuminated by buzzing fluorescent tubes, the American supermarket doesn’t present itself as having very much to do with Nature.
added by Lisa. "first sentence"

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