The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
A Natural History of Four Meals

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Revelations about how the way we eat affects the world we live in, presented with wit and elegance.
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One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the James Beard Award

Author of #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules

What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. In the years since, Pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.


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About Michael Pollan

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A longtime contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Michael Pollan is the nation's most trusted resource for food-related issues. He is 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 Society.
 
Published April 11, 2006 by Penguin Books. 468 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, History, Education & Reference, Cooking, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 20 2010

Revelations about how the way we eat affects the world we live in, presented with wit and elegance.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by David Kamp on Apr 23 2008

Perhaps it's greedy to demand more from a book...but what can I say? I'm an American, and I'm still hungry.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Dagney Velazquez on Mar 13 2010

... I figured the most pressing dilemma I faced was “what’s for dinner?” ...the answer is so much more complex than I ever imagined that 400 pages just scratched the surface.

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Booklist Online

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Reviewed by Mark Knoblauch on Feb 19 2013

...Pollan’s easy writing style and unique approach freshen this contemporary debate.

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Pajiba

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Reviewed by Brian Prisco on Mar 02 2009

You gotta love a guy who stuffs a McDonald’s meal into a mass spectrometer to figure out how much corn went into the making of a not-so-happy meal.

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San Francisco Chronicle

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Reviewed by Emily Grace Miller on Mar 12 2010

"The Omnivore's Dilemma" is a highly interesting and sometimes sickening book. It is also very educational.

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Open Letters Monthly

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Reviewed by Hugh Merwin on Feb 19 2013

Pollan’s writing often has the appealing tone of insouciant, humorous direness...

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Blogger News Network

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Reviewed by Mark Radulich on Oct 26 2008

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan is a wonderful book. It has achieved the much-vaunted...position of one the few books I insist that everyone should read.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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Reviewed by jessica on Aug 29 2008

In Pollan’s hands, the question "What should we have for dinner?" has never posed a greater—or a more fascinating—challenge.

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Reviewed by Auggie Moore on Aug 31 2008

The Omnivore's Dilemma is an eye-opening book, and one that will make you change the way you look at the foods that you eat.

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Cape Ann Beacon

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Reviewed by Alison Demong on Mar 07 2011

The book offers no easy answers but takes the reader on a provocative, and often humorous, investigative journey to find out where our food comes from.

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Scholars And Rogues

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Reviewed by Robert Silvey on Jun 17 2008

Pollan is an engaging storyteller and a challenging thinker. Just don’t try to read him while eating a Big Mac. You may lose your appetite.

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TimesUnion.com

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Reviewed by Joseph Cea on May 17 2011

... I found this book to be not only VERY comprehensive relative to the cross country, hands on research but also the historical aspect of nutrition in this country and the author’s willingness to try new things...

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Scientific American

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Reviewed by Bora Zivkovic on Aug 11 2011

...Omnivore’s Dilemma is one of the most important books written in the last few years, and should be a battle cry for many political activists and a source of ideas for many candidates for political office.

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TreeHugger

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Reviewed by Lloyd Alter on May 02 2008

Michael Pollan is a fabulous writer. The Omnivore's Dilemmna is entertaining, funny and easy to read.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by amandalewe on Feb 19 2013

...you will look at food in a completely new perspective. Those who haven’t read The Omnivores Dilemma are missing out.

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Gather Books

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Reviewed by Dave Sandborg on Apr 20 2010

...I doubt I'd really be able to change my eating habits as fundamentally as Pollan envisions. If Pollan can't change the behavior of one rather sympathetic reader, how will we be able to change our entire food industry in the way he desires?

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