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Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  3,254 ratings  ·  748 reviews
Kids love fast food. And the fast food industry definitely loves kids. It couldn’t survive without them. Did you know that the biggest toy company in the world is McDonald’s? It’s true. In fact, one out of every three toys given to a child in the United States each year is from a fast food restaurant.

Not only has fast food reached into the toy industry, it’s moving into ou
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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so this book is turning out to be much like fast food nation.. but i thought i would post some facts about this book that really get the point across

- 4 meatpacking companies control 84% of the market (tyson, swift and co., excel, and national beef)
BUT ranchers only get 47 cents to the dollar spend on beef

- 1991 - one billion fish killed in north carolina by disease linked to runoff form slaughter house

-2004 - a 4 million pound pile of cow poop burned uncontrollably for 4 months

- 4 chicken compa
This is interesting so far, because not only does it have the facts about food, but it also discusses it in a way that engages the reader and makes you actually want to Learn more.
Ian Weitz
Jan 06, 2008 Ian Weitz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I think that everyone should read this book. It is not a book that you are supposed to like and enjoy to read. It is meant to upset you to take action against the "fast food nation". This book describes how the major fast food companies got started, how they made there fortunes, and what processes they use to make their food. When, you read it you will realize a lot more about fast food than you thought anyone would even know about. It will probably be a quick read, if the book doesn't disgust y ...more
DO YOU LIKE FAST FOOD? DO YOU? WELL THINK AGAIN BECAUSE IT’S HORRIBLE FOR YOU AND IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD, ALL EXPLAINED IN CHEW ON THIS. in this epic non fiction novel (all true to life!) the author explains what fast food really is through photos, data and stories. Chew on this is an informational book about what happens behind the fast food counter. The author covers topics such as soda coloring, what makes fries taste so good, information about the invention of the hamburger, the life of a ...more
Katie Brown
Chew on This is a history book about all of the restraints that we all love. McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendys, Subway, you name it Chew on This has it. The start of the book is talking about the history of the ham burger and the changes one little sandwich can make on the world. When the first few restraints were made that’s when America started getting bigger. And no I don’t men in population or in size, but the amount of people that have become very over weight.
McDonalds was the fi
I read Fast Food Nation a few years ago and was shocked by what I read. This book is a more condensed version of the former, written especially for the student population, as it focuses on the way the fast food industry has changed American society, and in many ways, puts children at risk. Schlosser gives kids a look at how soda companies and fast food businesses hook children from an early age, and the impact it can have on individual health. He also presents the history of the fast food busine ...more
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Seth Lebron
I think that chew on this was the best book that I have ever read because I've already seen a video about it and ever since that video I haven't been eating a a lot. So I think that I would recommend this to other people because I like this book because the facts in the book are just cool. They put fast food restaurants inside the schools so more people buy more of there food and because of that people are becoming over weight. I think the restaurants do that because they are very popular and t ...more
Melanie Stanislav
This book was brutally honest. It's very informational and eye-opening; I feel like I learned a lot from reading it. I don't really eat fast food just because I like grocery shopping and making my own food at home with my roommates. Growing up, my mom never let my siblings and I eat fast food, so my first time at McDonald's was when I came to college at the age of 18. However, I still to this day have never eaten anything from McDonald's except for an Oreo McFlurry which isn't even that satisfyi ...more
Emerson  Chan
Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food 's cover and title. The topic seem interesting because I know that fast food isn't healthy but I wanted to learn more about how it's made and the history.

In this book, I learn the downfalls of fast food and how they are made. I learned that fast food have bad effects. The text reads, “As a result, much of the work in cattle slaughterhouse must be done by hand. Human error can cause unnecessary pain for the animals, injure workers,
Chew on this! Interested me when i read the back cover. It summed up mostly everything in the book and it interested me since it was about fast food and I love fast food. What impressed me was that it told literally everything about fast food. How the burger was invented, how the meat is made, what it looks like, and more! I think this book is really informational and everyone should read it.The lesson learned would probably be "Not to eat too much fast food" since the ingreidents (as told by th ...more
Ricardo Alvarez
I give this book 2 stars because it is getting me mad on what have i ate and now i know what did i eat.If i was a person who has gotten sick by the food of mcdonalds i would have sewed mcdonalds.Also in between some chapters they have some stories about other companies and i don't like that.I don't like that because if this book is supposed be talking about things i don't want to know about fast food but then they put other stories. I don't think this makes sence to me.It was talking of how Disn ...more
In the informational non fiction Chew on This, Eric Scholosser and Charles Wilson inform the reader about the disturbing secrets and poor heath conditions caused by fast food. This informational non-fiction book details information on how the food at fast food restaurants ,such as McDonald's, is raised, slaughtered, and prepared; also, it has real scenarios of people that work or eat there regularly at fast food restaurants, and how their experiences effected them. Chew on This contains eye-open ...more
Vinuoc C.
I started reading this book at the end of September 2014 when I found it while browsing through my large bookshelf at home. After reading the first few chapters, the book proved to be interesting and showed even more than what I had heard about large chain restaurants.
One thing that impressed me in the book was how the author was able to so vividly describe the "disgusting jungles of factories (pg.82)" (where the meat inside of fast food comes from). He described how the meat was sliced from the
Lainie Lawrence
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Chew On This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson is a very detailed and intriguing non-fiction book. In this book you learn about the ingredients that may be hidden in your food, what really makes fast food so bad, and how the animals are mistreated to make the food. Many people are eating food that is damaging to your body because it is not really what you think it is. As an example, Ocean Spray grapefruit juice is colored from dactylopius coccus costa bugs being crushed up. It is considered ...more
In the book Chew on This by Eric Scholosser, reads get to experienced the hidden disgusting truths about fast food restaurants. Although the book was suppose to focus on different fast food restaurants, but this book mainly focuses on McDonald's. Personally, I think it's pretty biased towards McDonald's. However, despite the high percentage of people in America being overweight, reading this book will alarm fast food eaters of what they're eating and how unhealthy the food is. The book starts w ...more
Katie Young
Katie Young

If you love McDonalds you will not like this book. It takes the reader step by step through the history and evolution of fast food restaurants, especially McDonalds. It is an eye opening and shocking look into what fast food restaurants feed us and how they lure us into their restaurants through children. They advertise to children hoping to make them lifelong customers of the restaurant. I couldn’t get past the bugs used to make the pink coloring in strawberry milkshakes
(My reviews are intended for my own info as a language arts teacher: they serve as notes and reflections for teaching and recommending to students. Therefore, spoilers may be present but will be hidden.)

SUMMARY: I was surprised at what a quick read Chew On This ended up being for a nonfiction text aimed at young adult readers. Jam-packed full of interesting facts about fast food, authors Schlosser and Wilson have put together a book that is both appalling and eye-opening: either way, there's no
Chew on This is written by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson with a first copy right date in 2006. The book is non fiction. Chew on This is about fast food and the affects it has on your body. In Chew on This, the plot revolves around Ronald McDonald and Ray Croc who started the fast food chain. Charlie Nagreen first invented the hamburger at the Outagamie yearly carnival. He used to sell meat balls but people wanted to walk and eat so he combined meat balls into a patty.
Chew on This is told i
The book starts talking about how McDonald’s got started by Ray Kroc. Eventually, advertisers marketed to kids and then the toys came out so that it would entice the kids to buying more food in order to get the toy. It’s the branding of children, which almost seems like brainwashing, into mini-consumers.

Along the way, however, the jobs at fast food places aren’t that great. One particular chapter I’ll go into detail about how they treat their workers.

These little towns thrived on their own. But
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APA citation: Schlosser, E. & Wilson, C.(2006). Chew on this: Everything you don’t want to know about fast food. Houghton Mifflin: Boston.

Genre: Informational

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Selection process: The book was favored in School Library Journal. Burner, J. (2006). Chew on this: Everything you don't want to know about fast food. School Library Journal, 52(5), 155.

Review: The McDonald's arch is something most people can recognize instantly, but the history
Hamburgers, french fries, and soda . Delicous . When you eat fast food do you really want to know whats inside. Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson are the author of Americas #1 fast food knowledge book, Chew on this.Chew on this is for young adults, so I recommend this to a 10+ audience.
Through the nine amazing chapters of Ewwww, gross or OMG you'll find this book very useful the next time you go to a fast food restaurant. In this book you will find out how french fries are made and how hamburge
"Chew on This" by Eric Schlosser
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In the New York Times bestseller Chew on This, Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson unwrap the fast-food industry to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at a business that both feeds and feeds off the young. Find out what really goes on at your favorite restaurants—and what lurks between those sesame seed buns.

Praised for being accessible, honest, humorous, fascinating, and alarming, Chew On This was also repeatedly referred to as a
Another non-fiction title that covers far more ground than it claims to, but it's not bad. Most of the fast-food industry information is related to McDonald's, the industry giant--but McD's is the only chain that gets any press, just about. There are token references to the others, but that's about all.

The other information in here covers advertising, the history of the fast-food industry (and McDonald's in particular, of course), effects of junk food on the body, a case study of a boy who had g
Julie Stevenson
This book was a great sequel to Fast Food Nation. It is alarming what large corporations do to save money on their end to increase their profits, at the expense of the consumer, farm owners/workers, and above all inhumane treatment of animals. Fortunately, some of this has been remedied, but not nearly as much as it should. It is a great read - promise, you won't want to eat fast food again after reading this book, but that is a good thing! Excellent read.
Winston Diaz

Well I recommend this book to anybody that eats a lot of fast food like McDonald and burger king. I recommend this book because as you read it tells you what they feed the animals we eat. This book was great because of this book I stopped eating fast food this book teaches you and anyone that reads it. On page 192-193 it says that some of the meats that we eat are contaminated with E.coli O157:H7. Also i am in love with this book because this book has tought me a lesson.
This book is absolutely revolting... which is a compliment since it's talking about the fast-food industry and other processed foods. It's packed with information and staggering statistics about the way the United States has changed since Ray Kroc first started the McDonalds franchise. It's sad and disturbing, and it was a true eye-opener for me. I hardly ever eat fast-food, but after reading this book I hope to NEVER eat it again. Thank you to the authors for their extensive research into where ...more
Sara B.
This is EXACTLY why I became a vegetarian. I pretty much knew all of this, but the facts in this book reinforced many of the reasons why fast food is so horrible. Those poor cows and chickens! People have gotten food poisoning from the unhealthy meat. The authors goal was accomplished: to get people to think about what they eat. If you eat a lot of junk food, or are worried about your diet, read this book!
Kenji Alt
Horribly written propoganda. I don't think there's a single piece of original research in this tripe. It seems like the dumbed-down version of FastFood Nation (a much better, but still propogandist book by the same author). It literally reads like a children's 3rd grade text book with a lot of cute anecdotes, but very little real analysis and a whole lot of extraneous information. The kind of junk he writes on these pages is just as awful as the food and lifestyles he's trying to argue against. ...more
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Eric Schlosser is an award-winning American journalist and author known for investigative journalism. A number of critics have compared his work to that of Upton Sinclair.

Schlosser was born in Manhattan, New York; he spent his childhood there and in Los Angeles, California. His father, Herbert Schlosser, a former Wall Street lawyer who turned to broadcasting later in his career, eventually became
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