Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal

Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal Details

"Epic and engrossing." —The New York Times Book Review

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and pioneering journalist, an expansive look at how history has been shaped by humanity’s appetite for food, farmland, and the money behind it all—and how a better future is within reach.

The story of humankind is usually told as one of technological innovation and economic influence—of arrowheads and atomic bombs, settlers and stock markets. But behind it all, there is an even more fundamental driver: Food.
 
In Animal, Vegetable, Junk, trusted food authority Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of how the frenzy for food has driven human history to some of its most catastrophic moments, from slavery and colonialism to famine and genocide—and to our current moment, wherein Big Food exacerbates climate change, plunders our planet, and sickens its people. Even still, Bittman refuses to concede that the battle is lost, pointing to activists, workers, and governments around the world who are choosing well-being over corporate greed and gluttony, and fighting to free society from Big Food’s grip.
 
Sweeping, impassioned, and ultimately full of hope, Animal, Vegetable, Junk reveals not only how food has shaped our past, but also how we can transform it to reclaim our future.

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    Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal Reviews

  • Jeff

    Mostly Junk, Barely Any Meat. This anti-capitalist, anti-European, anti-agriculture screed is little more than a run down of a leftist view of world history (with concentrations in the post-Industrial...

  • Ramblin Hamlin

    **Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Miffin Harcourt for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is published Feb 2ndI have read a few, of Bittman’s other books and I...

  • Chantal Lyons

    I haven't come across Mark Bittman's work before, but 'Animal, Vegetable Junk' is a marvel of research and argument. The book is chronological, beginning with a summary of the birth of agriculture. I ...

  • Judith von Kirchbach

    Coming February 2nd Mark Bittman’s highly informative “Animal - Vegetable - Junk” was a fascinating read - highly recommended to any science nerds and history bugs out there, or anyone else sinc...

  • Ula

    An essential reading.In recent years in non-fiction, there was a trend of describing human history through one particular commodity or phenomenon: cod, chickens, cotton, mosquitos - you name it. While...

  • Kathleen Gray

    If you're familiar with Mark Bittman's work, you know that he's passionate about food, how and what we eat, and the future of the planet. If not, know that he's been committed to these issues for year...

  • Koren

    I read this book with a sense of defeat. I wondered how in the world I, as an individual, could make a change in how we eat and how we treat the environment and has big business overtaken the world th...

  • Kevin

    A very interesting history of food production and agriculture....

  • Larka Fenrir

    “Three things are true at the same time. The world is much better; the world is awful; and the world can be much better.”- Max Roser, philosopher Even though Max Roser's quote references to man...

  • Laurie

    Fascinating look into the history of agriculture and what we can do to solve today's food problems. There are areas where the book does feel a bit dense and textbookish, but overall it contains solid ...