- File Size: 17668 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0803734158
- Publisher: Dial Books; Reprint edition (September 23, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2009
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002Q6XUBC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
A longtime contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is also 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 Association.
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In my opinion, The Omnivore's Dilemma is a great book. It's very educational, but it isn't boring and drawn out like many other educational books are. Michael Pollan uses a lot of evidence, sources, and quotes to back up all his claims. I like how he incorporates story along with the facts. It makes the book a lot more relatable and interesting. The inclusion of graphs, pictures, diagrams, and sidebars gives some more context and information for those who are more curious. I found it interesting how he compared how we ate food back then to how we eat food now. I liked how he talked to experts from all sides of the argument. I also liked how he talks about the cycle of nature and how it helps all animals survive. I thought it was cool how he experienced and explored all four of the ways of getting food, so he could really explain what they were about. I liked how Michael presented solutions the the problems he talked about in the book. I feel like the book was good at inspiring you to take action to eat healthier foods. One thing I didn't like about the book is that I felt that it was biased. He doesn't really talk about the possible pros of the industrial food chain or the possible cons of local or hunter-gatherer diets. I wish he would talk about the pros and cons of both so I could know the whole story and compare them. However, I still found the book very interesting and recommend that you read it, and I think you will find it very interesting.
I think the audience would appreciate this book. The target audience for this book is adolescent readers. First of all, the book uses a lot of pictures and other things to break up the text and make it less boring for younger viewers. Second of all, Michael makes sure that his writing style is unique and a lot more interesting for people who might not be interested in very monotone or flat books. He also uses vocabulary that most teenagers would understand, and when he uses a complicated word, he makes sure people know the definition so they can understand the context more. I think the book fits the target audience because it is teaching adolescence the truth about food. I say that's important because adolescence is the most important time of your life because it is the time when you grow the most and become an adult. So, it is important for teens to learn the truth, so they can learn to eat more healthy, and that will affect them for the rest of their life. I wouldn't really recommend it to kids 10 and under unless they really love reading, since the vocabulary and subjects would probably be more complicated to them. Even though it is focused on adolescent readers, the book can be entertaining to adults too, because it's focused on an advanced topic that's important to both teens and adults. However, I would recommend this mostly to kids from age 12-18.
We now have our own chickens (for meat and for eggs) so that our meat consumption is humane. We also have our own vegetable garden this year, I bought a canner and a small second-hand stand-alone freezer so that we can put up the food that we grow (organically), we buy local fresh meats and vegetables that we don't have access to, and we do without the rest. It's a challenge, and big agri is always waving to us, beckoning. They have all kinds of great stuff, exotic stuff, EASY stuff, but we are standing firm. I guarantee that if you read The Omnivore's Dilemma (either for kids or for adults) you will come away as a changed consumer. Good for you!
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It certainly got me to re-think how much meat I am eating (and what kinds of meat).