This book was on a cart to filed back into the African American section at the local Chicago Public Library, but it would be a better fit in the Biogr...moreThis book was on a cart to filed back into the African American section at the local Chicago Public Library, but it would be a better fit in the Biography section under Young Adult.
It was exactly what I was looking for-quick, light, surface based-but I was still surprised by how poor and distanced the research and sources were. Often times classmates or teachers didn't even remember her, but by talking about their own experiences, presumed that hers were probably very much the same.
It's okay, but a bit too gossipy to be taken seriously: if People magazine wrote a biography, this would be it.(less)
Starts out with a blast, but ends in a dribble. Some interesting stuff in here; nothing super innovative (ha!), but given the easy writing style, it's...moreStarts out with a blast, but ends in a dribble. Some interesting stuff in here; nothing super innovative (ha!), but given the easy writing style, it's fairly easy to whip through; although you probably wouldn't want to be stuck somewhere with only this book as the short story repetitive nature will become tedious if taken in long durations.
Definitely worth at least a skim though, and is still worthy of being on the shelf with other books about education.(less)
This book is so freaking good, I can't believe I barely remember it from high school-shocking that my mind was not as appreciative of fine literature...moreThis book is so freaking good, I can't believe I barely remember it from high school-shocking that my mind was not as appreciative of fine literature then.
Favourite line (of course): All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. Following closely: It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.
I'm using that line next time I order, and eat all of, the dessert.
This book is not long, and definitely worth the re-read if the last time you opened it was when you had a locker combination.(less)
This is one of those rare books that works for people who are new to learning about food and nutrition, yet still provides plenty of fodder for those...moreThis is one of those rare books that works for people who are new to learning about food and nutrition, yet still provides plenty of fodder for those who consider themselves well versed on the subject. Often when you're into a topic, you start to notice the same information regurgitated again and again; the only difference being the title of the book and the author; and even then, sometimes the same author repeats the same information in their own books (I'll just use a hypothetical made up name like Michael Pollan to give that sentence a better feel).
Ms. Warner, a journalist by trade, has taken on the assignment of learning just about processed food, and although it seems like a tiny window, she has instead opened up a door that leads to a constantly evolving labyrinth-style game that oddly no one seems to know much about (participants and regulators included), and where few rules exist.
The author is not from the field of academia, so what is lost in the absence of dry scientific data and evaluations is more than made up for by an extremely pleasant writing style that still stands on plenty of good research. Ms. Warner is a journalist by trade, so her homework resembles that of one, and along the way she has kindly thrown in some of her own anecdotal observations; this sometimes puts people off, but I did not feel that it detracted from the quality of information, rather that it just made her writing more human, more digestible (think Malcolm Gladwell style prose).
Regardless of her style, I was consistently surprised by how many nuggets Ms. Warner has was able to uncover. With each chapter she hits you with a new angle that leaves you hungry for more of her writing, but not of what's in your cupboard. This is not a biased account though: if you're looking for a bash-fest on how companies monopolize the food industry on the heels of greed, look somewhere else; but if you enjoy a book that provides an open honest approach to a topic that will lead to more question marks than periods, then this is your book.
Some history is included, but mostly it's just a fair & balanced approach to processed food: what's going on, what (little) we know, and how we got there. (There is even a short anecdotal part about some organic chicken tenders that turned to a gelatinous mass after being left out-yikes.) In the world of food, the word processed is generally dealt with in broad strokes (i.e. it's bad), so it's extremely refreshing to find a piece the breaks down many of the individual components that comprise it and show that it's not all bad: sliced carrots are even technically processed food-albeit minimally-since they have been altered from their original state, but Ms. Warner does clearly state that this is not the type of processing she's talking about.
This book is well worth the time no matter where you are in the chain of food knowledge (all right, no more puns). I loved this book, and can't imagine a person I wouldn't recommend it to-thank you Ms. Warner!(less)