Monday, November 4, 2013


Author Eric Schlosser first came to our attention when his book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal was published in 2001.  This important and much quoted book helped Americans think more about what they were eating and where the food came from.  Fast Food Nation tells the story of how, after World War II, the modern diet changed from home-cooked meals with fresh foods to fast foods and packaged meals. Emphasizing how this type of new food both contained too many chemicals and how it came from huge factories that looked nothing like the farms of the past, this is a book that reads quickly and is chock full of enlightening information. It's also a great choice for a book group as there is so much to talk about and readers will have different opinions.

The Monrovia Public Library also owns the DVD of Fast Food Nation. Rather than a documentary, this film is a fictionalized comedy version starring actor Greg Kinnear. For the true experience, read the book. 
Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charlie Wilson is for a younger audience. Written in a bright and accessible manner, this book helps kids and parents understand exactly what is in that burger or fries and how that fast food meal was produced. This is a great book for family discussions.

 There are so many books, newspaper articles and television programs about food and nutrition. Fast Food Nation and                Chew on This still remain very relevant.

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