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  • A Bone to Pick

  • The Good and Bad News About Food, with Wisdom and Advice on Diets, Food Safety, GMOs, Farming, and More
  • By: Mark Bittman
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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A Bone to Pick

By: Mark Bittman
Narrated by: Robert Fass
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Summary

Since his New York Times op-ed column debuted in 2011, Mark Bittman has emerged as one of our most impassioned and opinionated observers of the food landscape. The Times' only dedicated opinion columnist covering the food beat, Bittman routinely makes listeners think twice about how the food we eat is produced, distributed, and cooked and shines a bright light on the profound impact that diet - both good and bad - can have on our health and that of the planet.

In A Bone to Pick, Mark's most memorable and thought-provoking columns are compiled into a single volume for the first time. As abundant and safe as the American food supply appears to be, the state of our health reveals the presence of staggering deficiencies in both the system that produces food and the forces that regulate it. Bittman leaves no issue unexamined; agricultural practices, government legislation, fad diets, and corporate greed all come under scrutiny and show that the issues governing what ends up in our market basket and on our tables are both complex and often deliberately confusing. Unabashedly opinionated and invariably thought provoking, Bittman's columns have helped readers decipher arcane policy, unpack scientific studies, and deflate affronts to common sense when it comes to determining what "eating well" truly means. As urgent as the situation is, Mark contends that we can be optimistic about the future of our food and its impact on our health, as slow-food movements, better school-lunch programs, and even "healthy fast food" become part of the norm.

At once inspiring, enraging, and enlightening, A Bone to Pick is an essential resource for every listener eager to understand not only the complexities inherent in the American food system but also the many opportunities that exist to improve it.

©2015 Mark Bittman (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"An intelligent rallying cry for anyone seeking a safe and healthy food supply, and all that entails." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Narrator Robert Fass wisely opts for a conversational style, punctuated with a little attitude, to keep listeners' full attention, even in the more fact-filled articles." ( AudioFile)

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  • Scott Buchanan
  • 17-02-16

love the topic but very biased and one sided

Saying things like only an idiot would disagree with what I'm saying is close minded and myopic.

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  • Jesse
  • 04-05-16

I had the same perspective when I was in college.

I'm currently working to save up money to buy my own land. the story of Mark bittman's analysis is factual and there needs to be more transparency amongst Food Corporation of what he is conveying to the American public.