Pandora's Lunchbox by Melanie Warner
How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

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Unfortunately, she can only put forth anecdotal suggestions for combating the trend. Her dream that everyone could have access to real blueberries if we demand them seems lofty and unrealistic.
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In the tradition of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma comes an “indispensable,” (New York Newsday) fascinating, and cutting-edge look at the scary truth about what really goes into our food.

If a piece of individually wrapped cheese can retain its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed to our children?

Former New York Times business reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that took her to research labs, university food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening—and sometimes disturbing—account of what we’re really eating. Warner looks at how decades of food science have resulted in the cheapest, most abundant, most addictive, and most nutritionally inferior food in the world, and she uncovers startling evidence about the profound health implications of the packaged and fast foods that we eat on a daily basis.

Combining meticulous research, vivid writing, and cultural analysis, Warner blows the lid off the largely undocumented—and lightly regulated—world of chemically treated and processed foods and lays bare the potential price we may pay for consuming even so-called healthy foods.
 

About Melanie Warner

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Melanie Warner is a freelance writer for various publications, including The New York Times, Fast Company, and CBSnews.com. She has spent the past fifteen years writing about business. For two years, she was a staff reporter for The New York Times covering the food industry. Before that, she spent seven years as a writer at Fortune magazine, where among other things, she wrote about the dot com boom in Silicon Valley. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two young boys.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Scribner. 290 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Apr 08 2013

Unfortunately, she can only put forth anecdotal suggestions for combating the trend. Her dream that everyone could have access to real blueberries if we demand them seems lofty and unrealistic.

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