Schlosser charts this transformation by tracking many different people: The explosive growth of many of these chains was coupled with the expansion of the American suburbs, especially in California, as soldiers returned from the war and began settling with their families in car-based communities, along highways between major cities. Schlosser tracks the lives of fast-food employees, franchise owners, and fast-food company executives, then shifts his attention to the meat and potato economies north of Colorado, in Wyoming, Idaho, and its environs. Schlosser describes the lives of small-time, independent ranchers, and the changes in large-scale ranching that have made independent farming so difficult, almost impossible, economically.
Powell's Schlosser's incisive history of the development of American fast food indicts the industry for some shocking crimes against humanity, including systematically destroying the American diet and landscape, and undermining our values and our economy.
The first part of the book details the postwar ascendance of fast food from Southern California, assessing the impact on people in the West in general.
The second half looks at the product itself: In harrowing detail, the book explains the process of beef slaughter and confirms almost every urban myth about what in fact ""lurks between those sesame seed buns.
Throughout, Schlosser fires these and a dozen other hair-raising statistical bullets into the heart of the matter. While cataloguing assorted evils with the tenacity and sharp eye of the best investigative journalist, he uncovers a cynical, dismissive attitude to food safety in the fast food industry and widespread circumvention of the government's efforts at regulation enacted after Upton Sinclair's similarly scathing novel exposed the meat-packing industry years ago.
By systematically dismantling the industry's various aspects, Schlosser establishes a seminal argument for true wrongs at the core of modern America. This book will find a healthy, young audience; it's notable that the Rolling Stone article on which this book was based generated more reader mail than any other piece the magazine ran in the s.“Schlosser shows how the fast food industry conquered both appetite and landscape.”—The New Yorker.
Eric Schlosser is a contributing editor for the Atlantic and the author of Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and Chew on This (with Charles Wilson)/5. Eating on the run has a long history in America, but it was the automobile that created a whole new category of dining: fast food.
In the final volume of their Gas, Food, Lodging trilogy, John Jakle and Keith Sculle contemplate the origins, architecture, and commercial growth of fast food restaurants from White Castle to McDonald's.4/5(1).
Schlosser's incisive history of the development of American fast food indicts the industry for some shocking crimes against humanity, including systematically destroying the American diet and landscap.
Jul 31, · A piece pack of chicken nuggets from one leading fast food chain, for instance, packs calories. And a large order of fries adds another calories, for a roughly 1,calorie meal – or about twice as many calories as a cup of roast chicken and a baked potato made at home.
Fast Food Nation points the way, but, to resurrect an old fast-food slogan, the choice is yours’ Los Angeles Times ‘An elegiac exposé of how burgers, fries and sodas came to symbolize America’ The New York Times Book Review.
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