5.0 out of 5 stars
Not so tasty, Mar 23 2007
Compared th Sinclair's THE JUNGLE, FAST FOOD NATION is one disturbing and enlightening book. Schlosser's investigation into the world of fast food is more than just his commentary on "you are what you eat," it's an in depth look at everything involved in selling us what we eat--from meat packing plants and their lack of judgement, to marketing and promotion.
Let me just say this: If you read this book, you won't ever eat from a fast food restaurant again. As someone has said, "Forget about cholesterol, there is literally feces in the meat you're eating. Sound disgusting? It is, but it's also the truth.
Schlosser is an award winning journalist and he opens up his book with a seemingly innocuous foray into the way the McDonald brothers and Harlan Sanders applied their assembly line ways to food preparation. But he, the author, quickly turns to where the food comes from and how it's treated.
We get to see what goes on behind the counter--the working conditions, the pay, the carelessness, the unsanitary practices--truly this alone is enough to turn your stomach.
But, do not dispair, for the author not only rips the industry, but also offers some remedies for the problems. He also places the blame squarely on the shoulders of those who have caused this problem--the high-level corporate executives who are bent on making a buck. I recently read another book that reminded me of this, though it was fiction and quite funny, titled "Katzenjammer" by McCrae. In it, he lampoons the publishing industry and how it got that way. Certainly not the in-depth look at food, but a good, funny read that will open your eyes to why you get to read the books you do---like this one.