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10 Best Quotes From "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" by Michael Pollan


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, as the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals is changing the way Americans thing about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.




  1. “So that’s us: processed corn, walking”

  2. “Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do.”

  3. “When the chickens get to live like chickens, they’ll taste like chickens, too”

  4. “But that's the challenge -- to change the system more than it changes you.”

  5. “... The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world. Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.”

  6. “Eating's not a bad way to get to know a place.”

  7. “Dreams of innocence are just that; they usually depend on a denial of reality that can be its own form of hubris.”

  8. “Curiously, the one bodily fluid of other people that doesn't disgust us is the one produced by the human alone: tears. Consider the sole type of used tissue you'd be willing to share.”

  9. “We are not only what we eat, but how we eat, too.”

10. “Instead of eating exclusively from the sun, humanity now began to sip petroleum.”