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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (84,397 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Pollan Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, during twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species.

Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore’s Dilemma is changing the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thoughtful, engrossing…You’re not likely to get a better explanation of exactly where your food comes from.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An eater’s manifesto…[Pollan’s] cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling. Be careful of your dinner!”

    Washington Post

  • “Outstanding…A wide-ranging invitation to think through the moral ramifications of our eating habits.”

    New Yorker

  • “If you ever thought ‘what’s for dinner’ was a simple question, you’ll change your mind after reading Pollan’s searing indictment of today’s food industry—and his glimpse of some inspiring alternatives…I just loved this book so much I didn’t want it to end.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Remarkably clearheaded…A fascinating journey up and down the food chain, one that might change the way you read the label on a frozen dinner, dig into a steak, or decide whether to buy organic eggs…Besides Stephen King, few other writers have made a corn field seem so sinister…Pollan isn’t preachy: he’s too thoughtful a writer, and too dogged a researcher, to let ideology take over. He’s also funny and adventurous. He bounces around on an old International Harvester tractor, gets down on his belly to examine a pasture from a cow’s-eye view, shoots a wild pig, and otherwise throws himself into the making of his meals. I’m not convinced I’d want to go hunting with Pollan, but I’m sure I’d enjoy having dinner with him. Just as long as we could eat at a table, not in a Toyota.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Although much of this subject has been treated elsewhere, Pollan’s easy writing style and unique approach freshen this contemporary debate.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award
  • A 2006 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2006 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debra Brunk | 2/18/2014

    " Absolutely LOVED this book. It is well written and clear. And it was an eye-opening read. It totally changed the way I look at food and our system of producing food here in the U.S. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lakho | 2/10/2014

    " Maybe I read this book a few years too late - familiar information. Written in a very accessible way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by ForeverKale | 2/8/2014

    " alright, i knew McDonald's was bad, but i didn't know it was that bad. i've never been so disgusted in my life. sorry, just had to put that out there. anyways, Pollan taught me many new things in this book. it was very interesting, intriguing, and demographic. overall, not as bad as i thought it'd be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by matthew | 2/6/2014

    " how much better would this book be without the macho descriptions of hunting mr pollan himself claims to detest? well, not that much better because the rest of the book is pretty fine but still. that part was dumb. "

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