Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.
Schlosser’s myth-shattering survey stretches from California’s subdivisions, where the business was born, to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike, where many of fast food’s flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths — from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate.
I don’t know exactly the first time I read this book. All I remember is that I read it and I thought it was incredible. My family has never really eaten a lot of fast food, and now we eat it maybe once every few months or so. I have to admit, it is convenient when you’re in a hurry or you need to go to the bathroom during a roadtrip.
Many people think that Fast Food Nation is just another Super Size Me, but it’s not. They’re both amazing, and they focus on the fast food industry, but they both bring a lot of different things to the table. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is not about McDonalds. It’s about the fast food industry and how it’s helped to shape the life so many Americans live right now. One of the statements on this book interested me.
“What the author does in these pages is look at the biggest picture imaginable. He tabulates the actual cost to life and culture (food-borne disease, near-global obesity, animal abuse, political corruption, worksite danger) of an all-American industry founded on the premise and promise of cheap. If we should decide as a nation to use Schlosser’s math, even the richest people on Earth can’t afford that $1.99 combo meal.”
— Houston Chronicle
Indeed, Eric Schlosser does talk about how the fast food industry has contributed enormously to those issues the Houston Chronicle stated. Simply the history and nature of the fast food business is fascinating all by itself, but the way Eric Schlosser has written this book makes it one of my favorite nonfiction books. I hope that more people read this book, because it’s important.
This book is an incredible eye-0pener, and it’s a really great pair with Super Size Me. 4.5 stars. Eric Schlosser discusses so many different issues with the way the fast food industry works right now, and I hope that books and media like this will continue to reveal to more people the reality behind the fast food industry.
Fast food is a always growing as they’re able to take advantage of economies of scale. Fast food doesn’t always have to be unhealthy, Subway is considered a fast food restaurant but they sell nutritional sandwiches. If you’re looking for a variety of menus from both ends of the fast food scale, have a look into, Dandy Kat for more information.
pg count for the paperback: 399
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