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

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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...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Angela
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...more
Emily
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
Jessica Mcclelland
Name: Jessica McClelland

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...more
Monica
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
Mary
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
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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...more
Franny
(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...more
Dillon
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...more
Shaun
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...more
Rose
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...more
Sherrie
"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...more
Brandy
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...more
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.
Alvana
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
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
Brooke Unger
Chew On This, by Eric Scholsser, was brilliantly written for children to understand why it is important to eat healthy and stay clear of the junk food industry. I really enjoyed how the book opened up with talking about the history of the hamburger. I think starting off like this was interesting because the reader feels as though the book is going to be more historical than an informational. I think this was a smart move by Schlosser because it gets the kids/readers interested in what the book i...more
Erin Tappan
I picked this book because food and nutrition have always been an interest of mine, as well as fitness. I have seen Supersize Me so I wasn't entirely shocked by the contents of the book. I did enjoy the history of the companies like KFC and McDonalds and I was surprised by how many companies were influenced by the new "manufacture" type style McDonalds created.

The section about flavorings and "artificial flavor" compared to "natural flavor" interested me. I was under the misconception "natural...more
Magenta Jones
Hmm… This book has a clever idea behind it. I find it incredibly interesting that the authors decided to write a book geared for kids which contains the information adults are given, about kids. As you can probably assume, this book is about the fast food industry and outlines all the sketchy aspects of it. I have experienced first hand, activists who have attempted to show the negative sides of fast food to parents, but this is the first time I have seen something of similar extent aimed for ch...more
Rebecca Miller
Schlosser and Wilson begin by explaining the history of the hamburger. They then work their way into describing how restaurants like McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken were born and how they grew into multi-conglomerate, often exploitative corporations. In later chapters, they reveal the true ingredients contained in fast food (the secret ingredient in strawberry flavoring is particularly disgusting…ground-up bugs!) and explain how many of these ingredients lead to Type II Diabetes, heart att...more
Tonia Lee
You probably know a lot about fast foods. However, you may be surprised by what you do not know. For example, which bug is used in many of the beverages sold in fast foods stores to give drinks a pink color? If you don’t know the answer, you can discover it as well as other secrets of the fast food industry in Eric Schlosser’s Chew On This.

Scholosser begins the journey behind the scenes of the fast food industry by chronicling its pioneers. Hamburger Charlie at age fifteen invented, as you prob...more
Evan
For Genre Du Jour, I read Chew on This by Eric Schlosser. This book is non-fiction, so all the content is true-to-life. Chew on This is about the history of fast food restraunts, and things about the food that are cool and gross! For example, you learn about McDonald's fries, and how they are made. You learn that there used to be many companys that produce the fries, but now there is a monopoly in the frozen-fry business. You also explore the life cows live before they are meat, and about differ...more
Vincent
Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser & Charles Wilson is an informational book that reveals some of the deepest darkest secrets about the fast food industry. This book discusses the origins of many of our foods and exposes how McDonalds and the rest of America's food industries have created chains and dominated the market. This book includes many must-know facts such as: french fries used to be cooked in beef fat; and our pink food coloring comes...more
Sam
As someone extremely interested in what we consume, what goes in our food and history in general, I found this book really interesting. Although at times I felt like I was back at uni doing readings, this book is jam packed full of information. Not all of it is about what goes into food, or what it can do to us but it's more about the fast food industry and how, through time, they've changed the face of the food industry in general. Some of it was new information to me and quite shocking, other...more
Ryan Palizzi
I like to think I eat generally pretty healthy. I occasionally will have taco bell, subway, or wendy's. Although, after reading this book, I dont know if I will ever eat not only fast food, but any packaged or processed food ever again. The way this book illustrates the gruesome way that food is packaged and processed is disgusting to say the least.

I loved the way this book portrayed information that made it simple for kids to understand. I think it would be very easy for students to pick up on...more
Taylor Rubeck
This book was the ultimate eye opener for me back in high school and it still is an enjoyable read for me now because it cements my revulsion for fast food. Now that doesn't mean that I don't eat fast food, but it means that I am more knowledgeable about what I put into my body when I eat fast food. Eric Schlosser does a great job as making sure that the information that he presents isn't so overwhelming or dense that it cannot be absorbed as food for thought in the future.
I think that it is a...more
Brooke Smith
This book definitely made me want to avoid fast food as much as I can. I do not eat it very often, and after reading this book, I have noticed how much fast food has taken over our societies lives! It is so convenient, cheap, and tasty, so why not go and eat it?! What I found most disturbing and gross are the things that we think might be "somewhat healthy," or the items that we think we know the ingredients to are actually not told to us, and are completely different than what we thought.

Growi...more
Maria Cloutier
This book had a lot of information. I have never liked fast food and I would much rather cook something at home. However chapter two of the book really got my attention, because I nanny a lot for various families and through this experience I see how much kids LOVE fast food it is crazy! Now I love the kids I nanny for, but it is true that they ask to go out to eat often and I have even taken them to McDonalds before. I know that many major corporations ban together to create higher profits for...more
Megan Lucero
Wow. I try to avoid reading books like this or watching documentaries about fast food. I don't eat much fast food but when I do I don't want to throw-up but this book was very eye opening for me. The biggest thing about this book that was striking to me was how much we don't know about the food we are eating. When we bye fast food we just eat it without asking questions and I guess that's what makes it doable. I view McDonald's in a whole knew light after reading this book. The fact that they di...more
Angelica Cox
This book wasn't my favorite but I did think it was a good book. I didn't really learn anything know from the book because in middle and high school we read books and watched movies about how bad fast, frozen, and processed food is for you. So the book wasn't really all that gross for me because I already knew most of it. Plus I already tried being a vegetarian once and it didn't really work out, I like chicken way too much. But I do think this is a good book for kids to read so that they know w...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...more
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