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This book is a sad waste of time
Talk about a case of bait and switch! When I began reading this book it was entertaining, balanced and informative. However it quickly veered off course and I had to endure long sections in which the author bragged about his connections with celebrity chefs and food critics, and waxed rhapsodic over the gourmet meals he had been fortunate enough to experience. How is that in any way connected to the topic of the book?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Then for the remainder of the book the author morphed into a corporate shill, becoming the spokesperson and apoligist for agribusiness and fast food. I must confess that I began skimming at this point instead of reading patiently, because when the author started boasting that agribusinesses grew better crops than locally-owned family farms (unless of course one is sourcing food for a gourmet restaurant, a caveat he actually wrote), and tried to claim that the obeisity epidemic in this country was a fluke of statistics, my patience ran out. Speaking of statistics, the way the author massaged his statistical data and the sources he used for expert quotes and anecdotal evidence made his conclusions highly suspect.
I hope the author was paid well by the corporations which he stopped just short of endorsing, because I will never purchase one of his books again. I bought this volume off a clearance table for a bargain price and still feel cheated. Normally when I finish a book and do not wish to keep it I donate it to a book swap or include it in a charitable donation, but not this time - this book is going into the trash so it can't wind up in the hands of someone gullible enough to fall for the garbage within.