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“Green acres is the place to be, after all. A pasture seems very sexy all of a sudden. Magnificent and meticulously researched, including tons of "field research," this groundbreaking work takes you from field to feedlot to drive-thru to hunting ground, showing you where food comes from...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is a nice companion piece to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It took a while to get the rhythm of the book, but once I did, I learned a lot and enjoyed the process. This book definitely made me think about what I eat.”SHEILA B wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting and well-written account about modern food and its production. Worth a look if you want to have a better idea about what it is that you live on - and you *should* be interested!”Alan Stenhouse wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I remember the cooking of my mother's mother, and the gardening of my mother's father and the baked good that he delivered. This book brings it all back - I remember meats, fish and produce as seasonal foods to be enjoyed as such. As a result we have tried to escape from the clutches of Agribusiness. We endeavor to support local agriculture through Farmer's Markets and other local businesses including local butchers. You will never look at fast food or the chain supermarket the same way anymore. ”Raymond Sosnowski wrote this review Monday, November 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The chapter on corn is especially interesting. You will begin to understand the food you eat - and many of the issues people have with it.”Christopher Mengel wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I learned so much about the huge role corn plays in our lives and got a new perspective on Big Organic, companies like Whole Foods.”Karen J wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“How and why the classic American diet made us fat and sick, some ideas to change it.”JamesFF3 wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Late in the book when discussing the ethics of hunting, Michael Pollan references Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega in saying that there is immorality in failing to look clearly at reality. In a sense, I feel this statement captures the true essence of this book, because in my opinion "The Omnivores Dilemma" makes a bold attempt to dispel the immorality of our culture's collective ignorance of the origins of our food. Pollan writes not to judge, but to objectively investigate and ponder our complex industrial food culture. This book is not geared for vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, or any other specific dietary philosophy. It is suited for any human being who has an interest in thoughtful eating. ”David wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“All my respect, as the author has put lots of effort and time, reading and reviewing literature, presenting a summary of opinions, as well presenting his own thoughts in an unpersuasive way. But the most interesting part is where the author himself follows and explains different ways of food production and food culture. Made me think about food and analyze eating habits more than ever before.
P.S. As a vegetarian it was very interesting to read chapter about vegetarian philosophy. i just wished that the vegetarian trial period was reflected in the book.”
“Pollan investigates where our food comes from, starting with the industrialized food system the whole way to exploring a hunting/gathering way of life. A fascinating book. I think every person should read this book. I knew that the modern way of "farming" (and I'm not sure we can really call it that) was bad, and Pollan does a great job of explaining just why. We have transformed our entire food system from a grass-based system to a corn-based system where there is almost nothing that is natural. One of the most memorable paragraphs was where he had a meal from McDonalds analyzed to find where the carbon in the food originated. For sodas, 100% corn, the milk shake came out to 78% corn, a cheeseburger 52%, and even fried were 23% corn.
I found his exploration of a farm in Virginia that is based on smart farming principles (crop rotation, natural fertilizer, etc.) a beautiful example of how farming and eating can be. I will admit that the section on his exploration of hunting/gathering bored me a bit (otherwise this was on track to being a 5-star book). Still, I highly recommend this book to everyone. ”
“I was completely fascinated to learn about the workings of America's industrialized food production and distribution contrasted with small organic farmers methods. I don't normally like nonfiction, but I thought this was a great book.”Beth D wrote this review Wednesday, September 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No