Tells the story of our love affair with fast food. This title examines the safety records of abattoirs; reveals why the fries really taste so good and what lurks between the sesame buns - and shows how fast food is transforming not only our diets but our world.
The story of fast food is to a large extent the story of post-war America. In a perverse way, it is also the story of Britain since the deregulation of our food and labour markets in the early 1980s. Schossler's account takes in the whole of this prototypically global industry, from its origins in the hysterical competition of the southern Californian diners to the modern saturation of urban and suburban locations, from the revolutions in cattle raising and slaughtering, to the employment practices of the industry leaders.
Eric Schlosser is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. He has received a number of journalistic honours, including a National Magazine Award for an Atlantic Review article, Reefer Madness. This is his first book.
Part 1 The American way: the founding fathers; your trusted friends; behind the counter; success. Part 2 Meat and potatoes: why the fries taste good; on the range; cogs in the great machine; the most dangerous job; what's in the meat; global realization; epilogue - have it your way; afterword - the meaning of mad cow.
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