The Omnivores Dilemma
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An ecological and anthropological study of eating offers insight into food consumption in the twenty-first century, explaining how an abundance of unlimited food varieties reveals the responsibilities of everyday consumers to protect their health and the environment. By the author of The Botany of Desire. 125,000 first printing.
Delves into facts about food, life expectancy as it relates to consumption, and global health implications resulting from food choices made by people around the world, encouraging readers to consider their food choices and eating habits.
We are indeed what we eat - and what we eat remakes the world. But we are only just beginning to recognise the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore's Dilemmais bestselling author Michael Pollan's eye-opening exploration of the American food industry. His astonishing findings will resonate enormously for people everywhere who care about what they put on their plate. The Omnivore's Dilemmabrings a fresh perspective to the simple yet momentous question 'What shall we have for dinner?', which is overwhelming for any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the 'omnivore's dilemma'. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. Dealing with each of the food chains that sustain us (industrialised food, alternative or 'organic' food and food people obtain by dint of their own hunting, gathering or gardening) Pollan follows each food chain through from the ground to sitting down to a meal, tracing the provenance of everything consumed. The Omnivore's Dilemmais an uncompromisingly realised, eloquent, philosophical and absorbing book for anyone who thinks about where their food comes from.
Offers insight into food consumption in the twenty-first century, explaining how an abundance of unlimited food varieties reveals the responsibilities of consumers to protect their health and the environment.
Do you want more free book summaries like this? Download our app for free at https://www.QuickRead.com/App and get access to hundreds of free book and audiobook summaries. A Natural History of Four Meals The question of what to eat for dinner has become more complicated than ever. In the 21st century, we are faced with what anthropologists call, the omnivore’s dilemma. Back in the hunter-gatherer days, humans had to learn what was safe and what wasn’t. For example, we now know which mushrooms to avoid and which berries we can enjoy. Now with the evergrowing fast-food industry, we once again have to worry about which tasty foods might kill us. As you stroll the shelves of the supermarket, you are met with countless foods, all of which have different nutritional values. How do you know what to choose? What should you avoid? Should we be spending more on food? Or less? Even more, we’ve also begun to realize that our food choices affect more than just our health, they also affect the health of the environment. What we put into our bodies affects more than we realize, and we are only just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of our simple everyday food choices. So if you’re looking for a fresh perspective on the ordinary question, “What should we have for dinner?” then The Omnivore’s Dilemma is for you.
So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Omnivore’s Dilemma tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Michael Pollan’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Omnivore’s Dilemma includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter summaries Profiles of the main characters Detailed timeline of events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan: In the perennial bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma, acclaimed journalist Michael Pollan not only reports back from the frontlines of America’s dysfunctional food industry, but gets down and dirty with the scrappy farmers and foragers who have decided to “opt out” of the industrial food chain. Informative, entertaining, and often alarming, The Omnivore’s Dilemma examines dietary trends, the origins of what we eat, and the impact of our food choices on the environment and our health, and sheds desperately needed light on the saying “you are what you eat.” The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.
Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. Michael Pollan is an author, journalist and a professor of science and environmental journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written many books, articles and essays on the American food system and sustainable agriculture. He is also the author of “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” “The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World,” “A Place of My Own,” and “Second Nature.” Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003, and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism. Pollan has served as executive editor of Harper's Magazine, and his articles appear in the “Best American Science Writing,” “Best American Essays” and the “Norton Book of Nature Writing” anthologies. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” first published in 2006, was named 1 of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. It won the James Beard Book Award for Writing on Food, and in 2007 was a finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book can be found in hardback, paperback and e-book editions, as well as audiobook. There is also a young readers edition available. The documentary film, “Food, Inc.” is partially based upon this book. Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. CHAPTER OUTLINE TABLE OF CONTENTS - About the Book - About the Author - Overall Summary - Chapter-by-Chapter Summary - List of Important People - Key Terms and Definitions - Interesting Related Facts - Sources and Additional Reading
"A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one, Like Water For Chocolate is one tasty entree from first-time novelist Laura Esquivel."-- San Francisco Chronicle
A captivating personal inquiry into the art of architecture, the craft of building, and the meaning of modern work “A room of one’s own: Is there anybody who hasn’t at one time or another wished for such a place, hasn’t turned those soft words over until they’d assumed a habitable shape?” When Michael Pollan decided to plant a garden, the result was the acclaimed bestseller Second Nature. In A Place of My Own, he turns his sharp insight to the craft of building, as he recounts the process of designing and constructing a small one-room structure on his rural Connecticut property—a place in which he hoped to read, write, and daydream, built with his own two unhandy hands. Invoking the titans of architecture, literature, and philosophy, from Vitruvius to Thoreau, from the Chinese masters of feng shui to the revolutionary Frank Lloyd Wright, Pollan brilliantly chronicles a realm of blueprints, joints, and trusses as he peers into the ephemeral nature of “houseness” itself. From the spark of an idea to the search for a perfect site to the raising of a ridgepole, Pollan revels in the infinitely detailed, complex process of creating a finished structure. At once superbly written, informative, and enormously entertaining, A Place of My Own is for anyone who has ever wondered how the walls around us take shape—and how we might shape them ourselves. Praise for A Place of My Own “A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace.”—Chicago Tribune “[Pollan] alternates between describing the building process and introducing informative asides on various aspects of construction. These explanations are deftly and economically supplied. Pollan’s beginner status serves him well, for he asks the kind of obvious questions about building that most readers will want answered.” —The New York Review of Books “By shrewdly combining just the right mix of personal reflection, architectural background, and nuts-and-bolts detail, Michael Pollan enables us to see, feel, and understand what goes into the building of a house. The result is a captivating and informative adventure.”—John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil “An utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body and the human spirit.”—Francine du Plessix Gray “A tour de force.”—Phillip Lopate