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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and eye-opening, 27 April 2006
This review is from: Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal is Doing to the World (Paperback)
Ever wondered what's actually in the fast food you eat? There's more to the ingredients of your favourite hamburger than simply beef, cheese, and bread. In this book, Schlosser takes a walk through the history and production of the food, from farming techniques and a vivid explanation of the mechanics of the slaughterhouse, to how french fries are made. Everything, it seems, is formulated - including the marketing of the product to children.

The way the book is written is clear and accessible. Schlosser keeps the reader gripped with real-world acounts of how the industry hooks in it's customers. Each section is fascinating in its own right - I was particularly taken by the section on how the flavours are created. But then I could genuinely say that about all of the sections.

My personal opinion is that this book should be on the circulumn for all students so that they get an to understanding of the real world and, in particular, how they're being conned by multi-national corporates. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with multi-nationals; it's nice that Schlosser also finds time to talk about companies that take an ethical stance and still make profit.

This is more than the story of fast food. It is an exposee of dirty tricks, unethical practices, and disregard for human life on a scale that is hard to fathom.

Reading this book may only change your eating habits. Then again, it may also stimulate a hunger for more knowledge about the world of commerce and the impacts on the ordinary person. And that can only be a good thing.
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