Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

by Eric Schlosser (Author), Charles Wilson (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up An important addition to most libraries. Useful for health classes
and nutrition units, it will also be an eye-opener for general readers who
regularly indulge at the Golden Arches. An adaptation of Schlosser's Fast Food
Nation (Houghton, 2001), Chew on This covers the history of the fast-food
industry and delves into the agribusiness and animal husbandry methods that
support it. From the 37-day life of the pre-McNugget chicken to the appallingly
inhumane conditions of slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants, the author lays
out the gruesome details behind the tasty burgers and sandwiches. Equally
disturbing is his revelation of the way that the fast-food giants have studied
childhood behavior and geared their commercials and free toy inclusions to hook
the youngest consumers. The text is written in a lively, lay-out-the-facts
manner. Occasional photographs add bits of visual interest, but the emphasis
here is on the truth about soda pop and obesity, fries and lies. Schlosser is a
crusader writing with an obviously strong purpose. While at times veering toward
the inflammatory edge, he backs up and documents all of his points, ensuring
that his insights will incite. Those seeking a book to balance this one should
consider Tracy Brown Collins's Fast Food (Gale, 2004), a collection of 10 essays
representing varied opinions about different aspects of this industry. Joyce
Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS

From Booklist
*Starred Review* Gr. 6-9. Including passages from Schlosser's best-selling adult
book Fast Food Nation (2001) and other writings, the authors dish up a
somewhat-less-stomach-churning look at the fast-food industry's growth,
practices, and effects on public health. Folding in original interviews, recent
statistics, and published research, along with such spicy taglines as "The
Golden Arches are now more widely recognized than the Christian cross," they
trace the hamburger's early years and the evolution of the McDonald's
Corporation's revolutionary Speedee Service System. They follow with vivid tours
through feedlots, abattoirs, and a chicken-processing plant to explore how fast
food has achieved spectacular international success, particularly among an
increasingly obese youth market, then round off with glimpses of Alice Waters'
Edible Schoolyard initiative and other alternatives less likely to lead to
gastric bypass surgery. Readers may not lose their appetites for McFood from
this compelling study, but they will definitely come away less eager to get a
McJob and more aware of the diet's attendant McMedical problems. Extensive
endnotes, occasional photos.

Product Details

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (April 23, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0618593942



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