The Omnivore's Dilemma

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Pollan
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Cooking, Non-Fiction, Health & Fitness, Social Science
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: May 2006
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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The bestselling author of the "Botany of Desire" explores the ecology of eating to unveil why man consumes what he consumes in the 21st century.

Reviews (17)

Wow! So Informative!

Written by Bella Cronin on January 20th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I absolutely love the style of writing and 'thread' this author makes through-out the book.the writing is so well done, I frequently laughed out loud, and at several points it brought me to tears. I was afraid that this book might get 'preachy' about some topics like being vegan, or buying from certain retailers. Instead what I found was a clear, fact-based informative book that gave me what I wanted: information about what I am eating as an omnivore! I feel that any of us can make the correct decision for ourselves, IF we are at least making an informed decision. In this day and age, there is no reason to be ignorant of exactly what you are eating, and at least some of the consequences thereof. There may be some parts that get into more detail than you would like (I particularly enjoyed everything), but the author again, maintains a thread throughout the book that in the final chapter is very satisfying.

Interesting but...

Written by Anonymous on July 26th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I gave it 4 stars because the information is valuable, and brings awareness to what's on our plate and how it got there. I had to shave a star off because, to me, it was a snoozer to listen to. It went on and on, and into WAY more detail, than what can maitain interest. I had to jump a few chapters as a few seemed irrelevant and rambling.

life changer

Written by pcguy74 from Oshkosh, WI on October 26th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

WOW, lots of CDs in this package but it is worth listening to every one! I already was very aware of many of the concepts in this book but Pollan took me even further. While I think there are other books out there that do a better job of "shock factor" awareness of food issues, this book is very "personal". I think it puts us all in the same situation as the author where we can relate to the wonderment of where our food comes from and how we can be better stewards of the food chain. This is a thought provoking book and one of the best I've "read" in a long time.

Truly fascinating

Written by Anonymous on May 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of those rare books that actually has changed my behavior. As a committed carnivore, I was concerned that this was going to be a guilt-inducing diatribe against the evils of eating meat and such. Instead, it is something far more stark and subtly powerful. I continue to eat meat. But my shopping habits have changed -- and my appreciation of food, real, local, and truly free-range, is deeply touched. It is 13 CDs long, and normally that's enough to lose my interest in even renting such a book. But I was sorry when it ended. A ground-breaking work that will touch each reader in its own way.....


Written by Anonymous from Santa Rosa, CA on April 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have an unfortunate commute to work, totaling 2 hours of driving 5 days a week. Being new to books on audio, I wanted to fill this time with something that would make me think and hopefully teach me some things as well. After I found some of my close friends have read, or are reading Omnivore's Dilemma, I decided to try it. Pollan weaves his personal adventures and opinions very well with what seems to be a well-researched history of food and how it as well as our relationship to eating has evolved. I found this book to be informative and intriguing - leaving me with a desire to try some of this foraging he describes so passionately.

Fascinating and important

Written by Anonymous on August 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I wish that everyone could read this book. We need to change the way food is produced in this country - small farms are being forced out of business, consumers are being offered more and more scary 'prepared food products' from agribusiness, and our environment suffers (to say nothing of the animals). What a shame, when there are better ways -

Entertaining Read

Written by Anonymous on July 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

We thoroughly enjoyed this book over a summer roadtrip. If you are at all interested/concerned with what you eat and what you feed your kids relative to your family's health, animal welfare, and the impact of agriculture on the environment read this book. Warning: you might never eat another chicken nugget.


Written by Anonymous from Pace, FL on April 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow! If there was a 'next' in the line of books including The Jungle, and A Fast food Nation, this could be it. A very insightful book about the basis of the American food system. Who knew the secret about corn?! And super shocked by all the apparent research by the author. True they are accounts regarding a specific research site, but lots of other information is drawn on to support the opinions of the author. Read by the author - - again, shock - - the first book I can even listen to that is read by a male. typically I find male narrators fairly monotone... not this man. He is truly passionate about his work, but not tyrannical, or preachy! I highly recommend it.


Written by Anonymous from Santa Rosa, CA on April 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book has not only changed my eating habits but the way I think about and approach food and what I eat. The best thing about this book is that it is not preachy. I did not want to become a vegetarian after reading this, I just wanted to pay more attention to where the food I eat comes from. It felt as though information was simply being placed on the table for the reader, good and bad, arguments pro and con. From there, do with it what you will. I am recomending this book to anyone and everyone!! It's a fascinating work and something anyone who eats should read!

Omnivore's Dilemma

Written by Bruce K. on March 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book provides a balanced view and an in-depth review of the history of our corn-based food chain, while exploring the ethical dilemma's of our daily food choices. I found the section on organic food production and sales particularly revealing and challenging. Pollan also writes persuasively about both sides of vegetarianism, animal rights and treatment and hunting. This book is a couple of years old, but he anticipated the "new" local v. organic debate. I found myself questioning my long-formed opinions and beliefs about food throughout the book.

Author Details

Author Details

Pollan, Michael

Michael Pollan is the author of The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley.