The startling truth behind the food we consume in the twenty-first century

Michael Pollan – The Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006)

For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. His book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, about the ethics and ecology of eating, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is also the author of In Defence of Food, The Botany of Desire, A Place of My Own and Second Nature, and the upcoming Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

‘Beautifully written and shocking investigation of what slips into the swelling American stomach … entertaining and eloquent’ (Daily Telegraph)

‘This is one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read in a while … After you read this book there will be things you don’t want to eat, ever again … An honest, brilliant, troubling book. I recommend it to anyone’ (Evening Standard)

‘Convivial, creative and deeply disturbing, though he does offer hope … it has certainly changed the way I think about food’ (Audrey Niffenegger, Guardian)

‘On our we-need-to-know-this reading list … a patient investigation of his nation’s calorie industries’ (Mail on Sunday)