Booklist: Fast Food Nation

By Eric Schlosser

In Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser delves deep into the world of fast food, discussing every aspect of the business — the way food is made, the way employees are treated, and the way the business is run.

Amazon reviewers say:
“Quickly, however, [Schlosser] moves behind the counter with the overworked and underpaid teenage workers, onto the factory farms where the potatoes and beef are grown, and into the slaughterhouses run by giant meatpacking corporations. Schlosser wants you to know why those French fries taste so good (with a visit to the world’s largest flavor company) and “what really lurks between those sesame-seed buns.” Eater beware: forget your concerns about cholesterol, there is–literally–feces in your meat.”

Why it changed my eating habits: Before reading this, I didn’t eat fast food because it’s unhealthy. After reading it, I don’t eat fast food because it’s unhealthy, the food is potentially contaminated, and the workers in all aspects of the industry — in the restaurants, in the factories, and in the slaughter houses — are poorly treated. This book changed my entire thinking about chicken by enlightening me to the ways of the chicken processing industry (I’m talking to you, Tyson and Purdue.)

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