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Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal is Doing to the World Paperback – 4 Apr 2002
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Eric Schlosser has visited the state of the art labs where scientists recreate the flavors and smells of everything from cooked chicken to fresh strawberries in the test tube and he has spoken to workers at meat packing plants with some of the worst safety records in the world. He explores the links between Hollywood and the fast food trade, and the tactics used to target ever younger consumers. In a meticulously researched and powerfully argued account, "Fast Food Nation" reveals the full price of our appetite for instant gratification.
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Eric Schlosser is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. He has received a number of journalistic honours, including a National Magazine Award for an Atlantic Review article, Reefer Madness. This is his first book.
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The book (as you have probably worked out before reading this review) is all about the fast food industry in the US, and talks about the bullying tactics the big corporations have used to sell their products as cheaply as possible to children. It talks a lot about the history of fast food, and picks up on the strange fact that the McDonald brothers didn’t actually make all that much money from their chain called, er…. McDonalds.
There’s quite a bit covered here… What’s actually in the meat? What’s in the fries? How are fast food restaurant staff treated? How does the meat packing industry work? Why do fast food companies sponsor schools?
I strongly recommend this book – personally, it made me feel quick sick about the idea of going into a fast food restaurant!
Anyone wishing to opt out of the fast food culture read this book now!
This is probably the 4th copy I've purchased as when I lend it out I never get it back due to it being a good damn read - one of the "unputtable" down books.
It's a real eye-opener as to the state of our food industry, both terrifying and fascinating in the same amounts. People and animals are all victims in the same machine. And yet, the allure of the Big Mac still reigns supreme...
What has already happened in the fast food industry is probably the blueprint that most corporations would like to emulate if they could. The fast food industry lends itself particularly well to the explotation of suppliers, young employeees and the consumers who are unwittingly snared by the wholesome images and the artificially enhanced flavours.
This book will open your eyes to a world you may not be aware existed.
Constant references to Beef patties and French fries did make me want a burger though!
It's a really interesting read. If you like non-fiction add this to your to read list!