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American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) Hardcover – Oct 12 2010


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213644
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kirkus Reviews (starred review), 8/15/10
“An eye-opening account of what used to be considered a sin—the willful waste of perfectly edible food…Bloom is full of condemnation without being unduly scolding…Refreshingly, Bloom offers solutions as well as jeremiads, and not a minute too soon—an urgent, necessary book.”

Booklist, 10/1/10
“Journalist Bloom documents specifics about the nature of wasted food in the twenty-first century and calls into question both the economic efficiency and the morality of such profligacy.”
 
Publishers Weekly, 9/27
“Journalist Bloom follows the trajectory of America’s food from gathering to garbage bin in this compelling and finely reported study, examining why roughly half of our harvest ends up in landfills or rots in the field…Bloom’s most interesting point is psychological: we have trained ourselves to regard food as a symbol of American plenty that should be available at all seasons and times, and in dizzying quantities…[He] makes smart suggestions on becoming individually and collectively more food conscious.”

Huffington Post, 11/9/10
“Timely, terrific new book.”

Tucson Citizen, 11/23/10
“This book could change your life.”

About the Author

Jonathan Bloom is a freelance journalist and food waste expert who writes the blog Wasted Food. An accomplished eater and fledgling composter, he has covered both serious and quirky topics related to food and the environment. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, and Variety, among others. A Boston native, he lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his family, and many, many containers for leftovers.


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