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The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

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The New York Times bestseller that's changing America's diet is now perfect for younger readers
[What 's for dinner?[ seemed like a simple question[until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers' adaptation of Pollan's famous
ebook, young readers editoion, 352 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Dial Books
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Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The Omnivore's Dilemma, an incredible non-fiction book, tells the reader about the "history" behind our plates. What food cycles exist nowadays, what happens at the start of making or finding our food to eating the food on our plates, and some bits that provoke anger, sadness, and joyfulness. The Omnivore's Dilemma goes back to this theme of self-advocation and how the choices each individual portrays impacts not only the food that we eat, our health, but also the world. I would recommend this ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I strongly believe that everyone should know where their food comes from. I also believe that everyone should know what it took for that food to get onto their plate. The Omnivore's Dilemma does a fantastic job of highlighting those subjects, and in an incredibly approachable way. The overall message of this book is fantastic.

Full disclosure: I've been plant-based for a few years now, and I still highly appreciated the passages about hunting and small, local farming. The simple act of getting
Jessica Whitmire
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, corn. This is all the writer talks about, how corn is in everything and how we're all consuming corn and using corn for anything and everything we do. This would be fine (to an extent), if he had given any meaning to it. For 20 pages thats all he talks about: corn, corn, corn, corn, we're all eating corn. I kept expecting this to be building up to something, like he was going to tell us that our health was detiriotating because of corn or there was some sort of pollution happening ...more
❤Marie Gentilcore
An excellent book that gives important information about how we get our food. It covered farming, organics, livestock, hunting, etc. and I really liked how it was told in an entertaining and unbiased manner. I learned a lot and plan to make some changes. A few of the key points that will stay with me are "Eat Real Food," "Buy Real Food," and "Eat Real Meals." Highly recommend.
Ben Fulmer
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the whole book was very interesting. At first it seemed ludicrous to suggest that corn was such a prominent material in our everyday lives. However, Pollan was able to provide adequate evidence to show that his claim was correct. He then goes on to show the stark differences between the different types of meals, which, in my opinion, he does quite well. He is able to experience or at least describe the entire process of different meals, such as one from a large agribusiness company and ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Everyone should read this book. I don't know what the difference is between this edition and the original but I'm guessing they are pretty much the same.
I have an unhealthy relationship with food. I pretty much live off microwaveable meals, fast food, and going out to eat at Old Chicago and Applebees. I'm not healthy. Its not that I don't like fruits and veggies, I buy them, but then I don't eat them fast enough and they go back. So unhealthy processed junk it is for me and all the extra pounds
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omnivore’s Dilemma is a fantastic book. I would say it is by far the best book I’ve read about food. There is so much to learn and Pollan’s outstanding writing keeps you turning pages. I highly recommend this book to readers of non-fiction genre. Omnivore’s Dilemma has left a profound impact on me and I have become more mindful of the food I eat. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Omnivore's Dilemma” by Michael Pollan is a book that has made me think of food like never before. This book, telling you the modern day food culture, and where it is coming from has made me think twice when I make food choices. Michael Pollan makes the book interesting by adding images and references, but is very informative. By reading this book, I can clearly see the Pollan is a critical thinker, and puts a lot of thought into what he says in this book. Since he speaks about something he ...more
Michael Pollan explores different food chains, informs his readers, and delivers a powerful message in the Omnivore's Dilemma through fascinating personal anecdotes of visiting farms to learn more about food. He compares and contrasts the industrial, industrial-organic, beyond organic, and hunting and gathering food chains and their environmental, societal, and economic impacts. Pollan also raises awareness of the benefits of eating local, organic foods and the ethics involved in the production ...more
Allison Soulier
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Readers Edition" is an edited version of Michael Pollan's original "The Omnivore's Dilemma" text so younger readers can grasp the concepts of today's food industry. The young reader's edition was published by Penguin in 2009. It has 352 pages. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because for me not being a young reader, it was an easy read, yet I loved the information that Pollan provided and how much I learned from the text. I would like to read the full version in ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The omnivore's dilemma depicts the relationshipS between the food that we consume and the whole food chain overall. It shows us where our food comes from, the difference between beyond organic, organic, and industrial food chains, and gives us suggestions on how to be most connected with where our food comes from. I like this book because it solves the obscure mysteries of where our food comes from and also helps us adjust our diet to make it healthy for us.
Noelle Van Der Meid
I used this as a mentor text with my students while teaching persuasive writing. Pollan did a great job of making them aware of where their food comes from. Many students expressed the desire to make changes to their food choice but also asserted that they had little control over what they eat since they must eat what their parents and the school feeds them. Some voices were left out - lower income families, for instance - as well as anything positive about GMOs. My students recognized this and ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Pollan takes the reader through a tour of the food chain. During the tour, he hunts for a wild boar, learns which mushrooms are acceptable (he, like me, was cautioned that getting the wrong mushroom could kill you), purchases a steer that he refuses to name, visits facilities where food is produced.
Much fascinating information - including the fact that more corn is consumed in the U.S. than in Mexico.
I recommend.
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Micheal Pollan is truly an eye-opening book. This book talks about all the process that goes on behind the food we eat. What it does to the food we call organic. You would like this book if you want some real facts about food.
Alisa Vural
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You'll never look at food the same again. Fascinating and impactful, it will change how and what you eat for the better. The "adult" version is also brilliant but this one is accessible to more reading levels. Read out loud with your family.
Jake Buchanan
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael did a very great job of describing what is in the food we eat. This book has changed how I look at animals and certain foods. Recommended for non fiction readers.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
for school. it was pretty interesting and stuff.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I have most definitely been experiencing the omnivores dilemma, or rather the vegetarians dilemma, Just because we can eat something doesn’t mean that it is doing us any favors health wise and lately i have found myself becoming anxious about whats really in the food I eat. I read packet labels but usually have no idea what the names for the ingredients mean or even where they came from. I recently found out that a new Zealand berry company imports their berries from china, its instances like ...more
[Note: this is the Young Readers Edition]

Michael Pollan provides an in-depth account of where our food comes from – approaching the topic by examining the ingredients of several different types of “meals,” the Industrial Meal, the Industrial Organic Meal, the Local Sustainable Meal, and the Do-It-Yourself Meal (hunted, gathered, and gardened food).

Although this is the “young readers’” edition, it doesn’t seem dumbed down at all. Young readers and their adult parents can all benefit from reading
Seyoon choi
I learnt an absolutely indefinite 'ineresting ' fact from this book: humans are obsessed with corn.
This book talks about corn, how it is processed, meat, how it's processed, etcetera. Apparently this book says soda, or other kinds of fizzy drinks contain corn. I showed off to my mum by talking about this fact, but my mum said it was ridiculous,and I was terribly naive, and I shouldn't believe all the facts from the book. I started thinking: is this book lying? But then again, if it was, it
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would love to use this book somehow in our seventh grade's environmental education unit this spring, as 'the secrets behind what you eat' are definitely linked to how we use (or abuse) our environment.

Similar to the end of In Defense of Food, this book offers advice of how we can help support a local, sustainable food movement, even though we don't have the power to change government subsidies overnight.

I. Eat Real Food
A. Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this on the shelf. Come on, who doesnt like food? I'm an omnivore! Also, I would like to read about what I eat. Good, bad, intriguing. I needed a good book for winter break because I didnt have the oppertunity to change my book choice.
what impressed me what how the author decided to write such a bok. "exposing" the food. Also, it's like a "did you know? " type of book. "Human beings are omnivores. OMNE IN LATIN MEANS ALL OF EVERYHING. Vore comes from latin, vore, WHICH MEANS TO EAT OR
Trish Goodwin
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book is a bit misleading. This is the Young Readers edition, but by no means is this text "for kids". I would say high school would be appropriate; School Library Journal says grade 7 and up. Aside from that, this book does an excellent job of presenting this topic to young adults. Trying to decide what to eat in a morally responsible, affordable, and sustainable way truly is a dilemma, and many times feels like an all-out daily battle. It's not surprising that so many people ...more
Emma S
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets Behind what you Eat
Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan is a great book that tells you what to eat and what not to eat. Michael Pollan describes where your food was before it was on your plate, what chemicals are used to make it and what the organic sticker on your banana actually means. Did you know most of all the food we eat has corn in it? You soda is 100 percent corn. Your Milk shake is 78 percent corn and your Cheeseburger is
Fortunately, I listened to this book instead of his other similarly titled book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. The other was narrated by that jack a-word Scott Brick who did In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto that I barely made it through. I didn't realize this one was geared towards young readers, at least, that's what the title makes it seem it is for. This edition was great! The section about what happens to the poor caged animals was pretty mild and wasn't ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the youth edition of the Omnivore’s Dilemma, journalist and self-described food detective Michael Pollan takes the same approach he used in his adult book by examining four different food chains and meals: Industrial (McDonalds), Industrial Organic (Whole Foods), Local Sustainable (Virginia’s Polyface farms) and Hunter-Gather (or, you find it, you catch it, you grow it). Written in a clear and lively style, Pollan makes a compelling case that the dominant industrial model where corn is king ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was tricked by the library into borrowing the "young readers" version of the e-book and was wondering all the way through why sections felt so disconnected and truncated before realizing it wasn't the full book. Regardless, it was a great read in a rapidly expanding genre of food awareness. Sadly, I'd already read one of Salatin's books and watched more than a few CAFO oriented documentaries so much of the book was a review, but I truly enjoyed his hunter-gatherer story. Maybe I'll pick up the ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a successful week of reading this book, and I'm just thankful I reached the end. The author seemed like he was doing too much for the reader to enjoy not only the new knowledge, but the way he presented it. I think I would've appreciated a little bit more nonfiction, rather then the story that was his life during these moments. This is based upon reading it for educational purposes, and my class for school. Otherwise an okay read, and it really opened my eyes even more to the ...more
Alicia  Gordon
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living in LA, one forgets that California is an agriculture gold mine. Michael Pollan, a California native, explores exactly what goes into what we eat and the horrifying processes that go into constructed our American meals. The first half was full of really interesting and startling information but the second half, focusing on his experience of hunting and gathering his own food, could have been shortened. I enjoyed the first half so much but the latter portion was somewhat of a let down. All ...more
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