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Fast Food Nation

The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Schlosser, Eric (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Fast Food Nation
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A journalist explores the homogenization of American culture and the impact of the fast food industry on modern-day health, economy, politics, popular culture, entertainment, and food production.
Authors: Schlosser, Eric
Title: Fast food nation
the dark side of the all-American meal
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
Characteristics: 362 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Contents: Introduction
I. American way
Founding fathers
Your trusted friends
Behind the counter
II. Meat and potatoes
Why the fries taste good
On the range
Cogs in the great machine
Most dangerous job
What's in the meat
Global realization
Epilogue: Have it your way
Photo credits
Summary: A journalist explores the homogenization of American culture and the impact of the fast food industry on modern-day health, economy, politics, popular culture, entertainment, and food production.
ISBN: 0547750331
Statement of Responsibility: Eric Schlosser ; [with a new afterword]
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [336]-341) and index
Subject Headings: Convenience foods United States Food industry and trade United States Fast food restaurants United States
Topical Term: Convenience foods
Food industry and trade
Fast food restaurants
LCCN: 2012392290
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May 16, 2014
  • KCWeimer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was a bit worried when this book was assigned as part of my book club; I thought it would be rather dry and somewhat preachy. I was pleasantly surprised. This was an excellent read, fast paced and full of information. Yes the author has an agenda, but he really does save the sermon for the last chapter. I would highly recommend it, just to make you think a bit about the world we live in and how our decisions have impact far beyond our immediate senses.

Jun 02, 2012
  • busydizzylizzy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well-researched, but a bit outdated. The end is so hopeful, but we haven't really changed much, have we?

May 09, 2012
  • ReidCooper rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well researched & well written, Fast Food Nation is a thought-provoking, at times disturbing but always riveting look at the logistics, laws and sociology of fast food. Unlike many books on the topic, Schlosser does not push a particular view (for one, he has no problem with eating meat per se), and - not having a particular issue to push - takes a wider look at fast food, including at why it can be so appealing to some. He also takes the time to look at the evolution of the labor issues, agricultural issues and suppliers issues connected to the system that makes it possible for chains to offer $2 burgers. A fascinating, must-read book, still current a decade later.

Apr 26, 2012
  • Jean-Pierre Lebel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even if this book is more than a decade old, it is still truthful and seems relevant in 2012. Schlosser gives a disturbing and insightful look at what goes into every hamburger (both literally and figuratively) that we eat at fast food joints. Even if one doesn't agree or believe every point in the book, he does a good job of painting the larger picture. The book covers a lot of ground: the monopoly of commodity foods like potatoes, the horrible working condition of slaughter houses, the unresponsiveness of the US government even in the face of evident and high spread food poisoning, and the general attitudes of these big corporation that peddle fast food with our children in mind. By the time you finish this book, you probably won't be a vegetarian convert, but you'll question the morality of some consumer choices we make.

this teaches why fast food is bad for your health

Dec 06, 2009
  • libraryjunkie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent study of the fast food industry, its history,and how it eploits people and animals and produces food which is very unhealthy and dangerous to eat. Reading it gave me more reasons to be proud of being a vegetarian. Highly recommended for all.


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