Day Fourteen – A Non-Fictional Book

Alright, yes I’m a long way behind.

Today’s topic is a non-fictional book. Personally, I don’t read much non-fiction, so this is a difficult one. But I have decided to go with a book I read many years ago. It wasn’t one that was particularly inspiring or of great interest to me, but I was taken aback by reading it and I still remember it so I suppose it has had some impact.

Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know about Fast Food was written by Eric Schlosser (Author of Fast Food Nation) and Charles Wilson, and delivers exactly what it promises – everything you DIDN’T want to know about fast food.

It begins with a history of the fast food industry in general, which is relatively interesting. But then it gets involved. Everything from photos of a healthy human aorta compared to one damaged by over-consuming fatty foods, to descriptions of the slaughter process in an abattoir, to fun facts about the types of beetles that are used to make strawberry flavouring.

The book is aimed at teenagers, as opposed to Schlosser’s other book, Fast Food Nation, but as far as I’m concerned, that doesn’t mean he has held back. It was, however, published in 2006 – and in such a huge industry, it’s likely there have been changes since then.

Either way, I didn’t particularly enjoy reading this (in fact, I only did so because I won a copy as a prize and wanted to get some use out of it) but it has certainly stayed with me.


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