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The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006.
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What should we have for dinner? 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 might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from a national eating disorder. As the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast food outlet confronts us  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Creative nonfiction
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Pollan
ISBN: 1594200823 9781594200823 9780143038580 0143038583 9780739474563 0739474561
OCLC Number: 62290639
Description: 450 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Our national eating disorder --pt. 1. Industrial : corn --
The plant : corn's conquest --
The farm --
The elevator --
The feedlot : making meat --
The processing plant : making complex foods --
The consumer : a republic of fat --
The meal : fast food --
pt. 2. Pastoral : grass --
All flesh is grass --
Big organic --
Grass : thirteen ways of looking at a pasture --
The animals : practicing complexity --
Slaughter : in a glass abattoir --
The market : "greetings from the non-barcode people" --
The meal : grass-fed --
pt. 3. Personal : the forest --
The forager --
The omnivore's dilemma --
The ethics of eating animals --
Hunting : the meat --
Gathering : the fungi --
The perfect meal.
Responsibility: Michael Pollan.
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What should we have for dinner? 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 might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from a national eating disorder. As the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous landscape, what's at stake becomes not only our own and our children's health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth. Pollan follows each of the food chains--industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves--from the source to the final meal, always emphasizing our coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on. The surprising answers Pollan offers have profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us. --From publisher description.

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A Must-Read

by chaswell (WorldCat user published 2008-04-27) Excellent Permalink
This book is simply excellent. On a quest to understand where my food comes from, I stumbled across this book long before it was famous. I was blown away. I still can't sit at a restaurant table without the thought crossing my mind, "I wonder where these ingredients come from?" At the grocery stores,...
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An Elegant Argument for Responsible Eating

by xanadu (WorldCat user published 2006-09-17) Excellent Permalink
Do you really want to find out where your dinner comes from? Ask yourself this question before you pick up this book. Michael Pollan will tell you and the answers aren’t pretty. Pollan starts in the cornfield and follows the food chain all the way to our mouths, taking every opportunity to talk with...
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