Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
In the tradition of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma a fascinating and cutting-edge look at the scary truth about what really goes into our food. If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed... show more
In the tradition of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma a fascinating and cutting-edge look at the scary truth about what really goes into our food. If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed our children? Former New York Times business reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that takes her to research labs, food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening—and sometimes disturbing—account of what we’re really eating. Warner looks at how decades of food science have resulted in the cheapest, most abundant, most addictive, and most nutritionally devastating food in the world, and she uncovers startling evidence about the profound health implications of the packaged and fast foods that we eat on a daily basis.From breakfast cereal to chicken subs to nutrition bars, processed foods account for roughly 70 percent of our nation’s calories. Despite the growing presence of farmers’ markets and organic produce, strange food additives are nearly impossible to avoid. Combining meticulous research, vivid writing, and cultural analysis, Warner blows the lid off the largely undocumented—and lightly regulated—world of chemically treated and processed foods and lays bare the potential price we may pay for consuming even so-called “healthy” foods.
Publish date: February 26th 2013
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, Food And Drink
, Food History
Melanie Warner had heard the rumors that Twinkies would never spoil, so she decided to test that theory. Using different processed foods (cookies, burgers, chicken nuggets), Warner started a little laboratory in her home. She left the food undisturbed and unrefrigerated, and cataloged the results. ...
So... another book to torture myself with. Considering I spend all my time working, reading, making sure my kids are fed, and on the internet, how am I ever going to find the time to actually make my own food at home from scratch so I'm not killing us all? I suppose the gist of the book wasn't *real...