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Don't Eat This Book. If you are looking for books on the same topic, you may like:

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric
Schlosser
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. (book jacket)


Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World, by Greg
Critser
A nutrition and health writer provides a thoroughly documented but
nevertheless engaging treatment of the very serious "epidemic of
obesity" which affects the health and well-being of some 60 percent of
the American population. Class, politics, culture, and economics are
taken into account to show how Americans, particularly children, have
become overweight. (catalog summary)

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, by
Marion Nestle
How does the food industry influence what people eat and, therefore,
their health? "Food Politics" is a bold, unprecedented behind-the-scenes
expose of one of America's biggest and most powerful industries.
(catalog summary)

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
"Practically alone among the American writers of his generation," wrote
Edmund Wilson, "[Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental
questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape
them." When it was first published in 1906, "The Jungle" exposed the
inhumane conditions of Chicago's stockyards and the laborer's struggle
against industry and "wage slavery." It was an immediate bestseller and
led to new regulations that forever changed workers' rights and the
meatpacking industry. A direct descendant of Dickens's "Hard Times," it
remains the most influential workingman's novel in American literature.
(catalog summary)

If you are looking for books with an environmental, health, or expose
bent, you may also like:

Hot Zone, by Richard Preston
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest
suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In
a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT
team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of
this exotic "hot" virus. "The Hot Zone" tells this dramatic story,
giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal
viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening,
and impossible to ignore, "The Hot Zone" proves that truth really is
scarier than fiction. (catalog summary)

Inside the FDA [electronic resource]: The Business and Politics Behind
the Drugs we Take and the Food we Eat, by Fran Hawthorne
Because of the importance of what it regulates, the FDA comes under
tremendous pressure from powerful food and drug companies, determined
consumer groups, and demanding politicians. But the pressure goes far
beyond the ordinary lobbying of Washington trade groups. Its
mandate-over one quarter of the national economy-brings the FDA into the
middle of some of the most important and contentious issues of modern
society. From the price of prescription drugs and the dangers of
genetically engineered food, to debates over teenage pregnancy and the
role of government itself, Inside the FDA takes you on an intriguing
journey into the world of today's most powerful consumer agency. Through
scores of interviews with FDA employees and professionals familiar with
the FDA, as well as real-world stories, healthcare and business expert
Fran Hawthorne shows you how and why this agency makes some of its most
controversial decisions. (from the book description)

Natural Causes: Death, Lies, and Politics in America's Vitamin and
Herbal Supplement Industry, by Dan Hurley
This riveting investigation reveals the dark side of the herbal and
dietary supplement industry and sounds a much-needed warning about the
dangerous, sometimes deadly, effects of their highly popular and
virtually unregulated products. (catalog summary)

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
First published in 1962, Silent spring can single-handedly be credited
with sounding the alarm and raising the awareness of humankind's
collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution.
Scientist and pioneering enviornmentalist Rachel Carson presents a
detailed account of the development of military biocides and their
derivative cousins: our common pesticides and herbicides. (catalog
summary)

Your Call is Important to Us: The Truth About Bull****, by Laura Penny
This book is a manifesto for anyone who's sick and tired of the
twenty-first century's tidal wave of crapulence. Dating the renaissance
of bull**** to wartime propaganda, Penny skewers the "corporate
bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux
foodstuffs, and miracle pills that clutter our lives. She spares no one
and nothing: not Wal-Mart, not Bush's White House, and not the vast
pharmaceutical industry. Penny reveals that prisons are the hot new
thing in call centers (the federal prison industry bills itself as "the
best-kept secret in outsourcing") and that the Public Relations Society
of America has a Code of Ethics Pledge. Finally, she demonstrates how
our "all-you-can-eat buffet of phoniness" not only alienates us from
each other but degrades public discourse, breeds apathy, and makes us
just plain stupid. (publisher description)

If it's the humor you like, you may want to try:

I Am What I Ate-- and I'm Frightened!!!: And Other Digressions from the
Doctor of Comedy, by Bill Cosby
The legendary Bill Cosby, America's most well-known comic, wants food
lovers and over indulgers everywhere to know that they are not alone.
Yes, just like the rest of us -- he is frightened -- especially if we've
paid any attention lately to the front-page headlines and daily reports
on the nightly news: "Cholesterol Kills!" "Cookies Clog Arteries!"
"Meatball Sandwiches Cause God Knows What" "Repent and Exercise -- or
Else!"In this original collection of humorous musings and digressions
about our obsessions, the incomparable Doctor of Comedy is right on
target as he reflects back on his own sixty-five years of dining at the
banquet of life -- from the hoagies to the stogies to every
death-defying delicacy in between. (from the book jacket)

The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones,
by Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain does not suffer fools, airplane food, or pretension wisely. His
latest non-cookbook-an essay collection divided into the flavors of
salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami-makes for highly entertaining and
sometimes shocking reading. Readers, in turn, will encounter a range of
thoughts, from a challenging description of a seal being butchered for
food to musings on Brazilian street food and the unsung French bistro
classics like Rongons de Veau Dijonnaise and Tripes à la Mode de Caen
and other old-fashioned dishes that some might feel are the nasty bits
indeed. Lovers of adventurous culinary experiences will find much to
whet their appetites here, and those who loathe the celebrity chef
phenomena will find a friend in Bourdain. (from Library Journal, Shelley
Brown)

What Would Machiavelli Do?: The Ends Justify the Meanness, by Stanley
Bing
Machiavellians may not get to heaven, but on earth they have a definite
edge on the competition. In this pithy and discretely vicious guide,
Stanley Bing shows how the Florentine master statesman would handle
today's myriad corporate challenges, seize the future by the throat, and
make it cough up money, power, and superior office space. (catalog
summary)

And, you may want to check out the books listed in one of our online
booklists, Comically Delicious: Adventures in Cooking.
http://www.answerpoint.org/reading_room/book_list.asp?sort=101&list=2181


I hope you find something you like in this list. If not, or if we can do
anything else for you, let us know!

Michele R. Brown
Reference Librarian