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

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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 bestselling author Michael Pollan's brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America.

Pollan has divided The Omnivore's Dilemma into three parts, one for each of the food chains that sustain us: industrialized food, alternative or "organic" food, and food people obtain by dint of their own hunting, gathering, or gardening. Pollan follows each food chain literally from the ground up to the table, emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the species we depend on. He concludes each section by sitting down to a meal—at McDonald's, at home with his family sharing a dinner from Whole Foods, and in a revolutionary "beyond organic" farm in Vir...

Michael Pollan is the author of five books: Second Nature, A Place of My Own, The Botany of Desire, which received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best nonfiction work of 2001 and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon, and the national bestellers, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and In Defense of Food.

A longtime contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. His writing on food and agriculture has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Association.

Pollan, Michael
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Penguin Pr
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6.75 in
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  • Great book!

    This is another terrific book by Michael Pollan - fascinating information on how food gets to us and all the in between scenes details. Highly recommended.


    zozee from Phoenix, AZ, Jun 1, 2007

  • A Fantastic Read!

    This book is filled with tons of information for anyone interested in ecology, nutrition, and animal rights. Michael Pollan certainly does not preach but instead gives us the tools necessary to make conscious decisions about what we put in our bodies as well as an understanding of how choosing the foods we eat can affect the environment, our health, and even government policies.


    verocifuentes from Minneapolis, MN, May 1, 2007

  • Very Smart, Great details on the food chain

    Wow, this easy read is packed with facts that will make you think twice on your next trip to the supermarket. Great!


    timpav from Austin,TX, May 1, 2007

  • So interesting!

    What a terrific book! Starts out a little technical, but moves into things I never knew about the way we grow, over-produce, manufacture and consume food!


    lolabeanery from Orlando, FL, Apr 6, 2007

  • What a read!

    This is the best book I read in 2006. Clear and compelling writing style. Information for all to learn. Great information about where our food comes from and how it gets to us. Will make anyone think about what they put into their mouth to eat. Gives a jumping off spot for action. I now belong to a CSA. Will always look for a way to eat locally. And hopefully organic.


    clem22 from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar 28, 2007

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