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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Unabridged)

by Michael Pollan

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The best-selling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the 21st century. "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't, which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we're realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore's Dilemma is best-selling author Michael Pollan's brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America. We are indeed what we eat, and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore's Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as "What shall we have for dinner?"

Customer Reviews

Great book, over-acted audio

I'm about half-way through this book (printed form) right now, and enjoying it immensely. Hoping to finish it via audiobook on the road, I checked out the preview here on iTunes, and am sorry to report that the narrator's inflection of the words was such a turn-off that I decided not to make the purchase. I wish the narrator would just READ, with attention to the text, and not to his own sense of drama or personal cadence. Pollan's work is straight, sound, and unvarnished. The vocals should be, too.

Narrator is TERRIBLE

I was going to buy this audiobook, but changed my mind because it is the same narrator as with "In Defense of Food". This guy is wayyyy too dramatic for this kind of book. Normally I am pretty forgiving on narrators, but this guy is just way too difficult to stomach. Such a shame.

Ouch the narration hurts my ears

Please get someone less preachy to read...

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Scott Brick
  • Published: 2006
  • Category: Science
  • Provider: Penguin Audio
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