Fast food nation goodreads meet your next favorite book. In that regards, its essentially a sliceoflife kind of. Introduction next to death and taxes, fast food might be the most unavoidable experience for americans. Schlosser begins the book by tracing the genesis of fastfood companies, especially mcdonalds. Nobody in the united states is forced to buy fast food, writes schlosser. Eric schlossers book on the economy and strategies of the fastfood business should be read by anyone who likes to take their children to fastfood restaurants. Moreover, there is a classelement at stake in fastfood consumption. In a new afterword for this edition, schlosser discusses the growing interest in local and organic food, the continued exploitation of poor workers by the food industry, and the need to ensure that every american has access to good, healthy, affordable food. Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened th. From discussing american dining culture to criticizing fast foods effects on human health, schlosser presents a multitude of hardhitting facts that will provide an. Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scenesetting and an arsenal of startling facts. Prior to the rise of large meatpacking plants, people would become ill from bad food in small, localized arenas. While fast food companies actively market their product to impressionable minds, parents are the ultimate decisionmakers for their children. Schlosser goes into great detail about the research he had done to prove his point.
Schlosser wrote the novel fast food nation in attempt to show america the dark side of the fast food industry. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. Schlosser begins the book by tracing the genesis of fastfood companies, especially mcdonald s. Like disney, another company based in southern california, mcdonalds was invested in a producthamburgers, rather than cartoonsthat could be marketed effectively to children, and created in bulk. Free study guide for fast food nation by eric schlosser. Fast food nation characters from litcharts the creators. Colorados front range, or a group of cities including denver, colorado. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Reading guide for fast food nation by eric schlosser. Fast food nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours. But the good news is that this isnt a frivolous book at all.
Work and the good life theme in fast food nation litcharts. Every day in the united states, 200, 000 people are sickened by a. In the chapter the most dangerous job, one of the workers, who despised his job, gave schlosser an opportunity to walk through a slaughterhouse. Below are some of the key themes and topics from fast food nation. When an independent research in the meat patties produced in cody. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded musiccombined. One of the recurring discussions in this book is the relationship between fast food and obesity. In some ways it reminds me of upton sinclairs the jungle. Discussion of themes and motifs in eric schlossers fast food nation. The dark side of the allamerican meal from the worlds largest community of readers.
The dark side of the allamerican meal by eric schlosser is not just a book about food, but also a wideranging critique of american society. May 19, 2012 a short video summary of the book fast food nation by eric schlosser. A discussion of important themes running throughout fast food nation. Often lowwage workers, relegated to kitchenless hotel rooms have limited food options. Eric schlosser begins his account of the american fast food industry by focusing on one region of the united states in particular. Fast food nation is an informational book that lets readers in on the actual food process. The author of the book fast food nation, schlosser is a journalist based in new york city. Fast food nation has brilliant acting and great themes strung around a loose narrative that mimics reallife. Reveals lowwage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generositya land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate. The book was adapted into a 2006 film of the same name. In an age when ronald mcdonald is the second most identifiable fictional character to young children after santa claus, fast food embodies a number of modern american characteristics. This book is not a novel or literary work so much as a contemporary investigative. Americans can no longer ignore the multiple health hazards of a fast food diet. Table of contents list of characters short summary synopsis eric schlosser biography historical information genre chapter summaries with notes analysis.
Where director richard linklater runs into trouble is in the execution stage. Throughout the text, he emphasizes the point that fast food is a corrupting force that impacts nearly every aspect in america whether its in relation to health, politics, economy, society, etc. Secondary plots deal with the exploitation of illegal immigrants from mexico, the expectations of fast food restaurant employees and how they are treated, and the efforts of a small group of young anticorporate activists to save the cattle from horrendous conditions. The dark side of the allamerican meal in the book fast food nation, eric schlosser talks about the working conditions of fast food meat slaughterhouses. This book is an extraordinary eyeopener for american families, who need to carry on with a sound way of life. The creator dives deep into the american fast food nation. The fast food nation lesson plan contains a variety of teaching materials that cater to all learning styles. Corporate profits being put ahead of public health. Every day in the united states, 200, 000 people are sickened by a food borne disease. First of all, he says junk food advertising and obesity are worse than ever. How do the five themes of geography apply to fast food. Sep 19, 2016 fast food nation summary september 19, 2016 may 15, 2020 niklas goeke self improvement 1sentencesummary. Moreover, there is a classelement at stake in fast food consumption.
Its not only a critique of fast food, the chemicals we are ingesting and the health problems we are facing, it is also critical of a system that allows exploitation of young, old and immigrant workers, and of the suburban sprawl. The book is very well sourced, well researched and has stood up to scrutiny. The narrative he has fashioned is not only unfocused and rambling, but presents thinly developed characters that have little life or screen. The dark side of the allamerican meal is a 2001 book written by investigative journalist eric schlosser that examines the local and global. Oct 24, 2017 this study guide and infographic for eric schlossers fast food nation offer summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Diet, nutrition, and food safety eric schlossers fast food nation is, above all, an expose of the conditions in the fastfood industry. They have turned one of the nation s best manufacturing jobs into one of the lowest paying, created by a migrant industrial workforce of poor immigrants, tolerated high injury rates, and spawned rural ghettos in the american. Eric investigates on the different locations where food is prcessed and learns how everything started in the business or in the world. Great supplemental information for school essays and projects.
Large, sugary drinks and deep fried food have a high calorie content and a low nutritional content. I think where it throws off some viewers is that, as in reallife, theres no apparent payoff. Fast food nation describes how the fast food industry has reduced the overall food quality worldwide, created poor working conditions for millions of people and ruined public health. The ending initially feels abrupt, and the fates of the characters unresolved. Eric schlosser in this interview excerpt, eric schlosser, awardwinning journalist and author of the book fast food nation, discusses the state of the american food system. Like this is our monkeynotes downloadable and printable book summary study guide booknotes synopsis analysis for fast food nation by. What began as a twopart article for the magazine turned into a groundbreaking book. Fast food nation is a 2006 comedydrama film directed by richard linklater and written by linklater and eric schlosser.
The film, an international coproduction of the united states and the united kingdom, is loosely based on the schlossers bestselling 2001 nonfiction book fast food nation. As present in many of our other readings, one of the main themes in this book is how the coldhearted, unsentimental, and greedprofitdriven. Fast food nation study guide with images infographic. Fast food nation is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. Eric schlosser, author of fast food nation, on the.
The dark side of the allamerican meal is a 2001 book written by investigative journalist eric schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the united states fast food industry. Aug 10, 2001 fast food nation ends with a call for consumers to demand better treatment of workers and more healthful, safer food. The fast food nation community note includes chapterbychapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you. Fast food nation themes and style flashcards quizlet. Inside youll find 30 daily lessons, 20 fun activities, 180 multiple choice questions, 60 short essay questions, 20 essay questions, quizzeshomework assignments, tests, and more. Summary by eric schlosser analysis booknotes download.
Fast food nation is a book by eric schlosser, which uncovers the fast food industrys greed, unsanitary conditions, and almost. Litcharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in fast food nation, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Schlosser shares what he believes has changed since he wrote this book. Eric schlossers fast food nation is an investigative nonfiction book that many students will find informative of the impact the fast food industry has had on american life. Fast food nation book summary, by eric schlosser allen cheng. Fast food nation describes how the fast food industry has reduced the overall food quality worldwide, created poor. Melissa sweeney introduction taking place in the many different fast food franchises, chicken and cattle farms, and factories around the united states, fast food nation, by eric schlosser, teaches the world the untold story of fast foods. In california, the vp of marketing of the mickeys fast food don anderson is responsible for the hamburger big one, the number one in selling in mickeys chain of fast food restaurants. Monkeynotes study guides download storedownloadable study guides book summary, book notes,notes,chapter summarysynopsis.
Nov 17, 2006 if you go to see fast food nation with a group of friends, there is a good chance that someone the smartalecky contrarian. Sep 19, 2010 the movie fast food nation and the book of the same title are very different. Unfair labor practices are exposed throughout the book. Fast food nation is a fascinating and very readable book. New york times bestseller schlosser has a flair for dazzling scenesetting and an arsenal of startling facts.
Throughout the book, schlosser talks about the natural beauty of the north american continent, especially the west, and of the people who used to work the land, raising cattle and farming potatoes, starting small businesses, and helping to feed their communities. This study guide consists of approximately 47 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of fast food nation. The human body, having burned the calories it needs to sustain itself, stores excess calories as fat. He attempts to write a book charting how the rise in the fast food industry in the united read full character analysis. Today fast food is part of the american way of life. Like disney, another company based in southern california. Jan 17, 2001 fast food nation is a fascinating and very readable book. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of fast food nation by eric schlosser. Fast food nation is the kind of book that you hope young people read because it demonstrates far better than any social studies class the need for government regulation, the unchecked power of multinational corporations and the importance of our everyday decisions. Huge corporations put pressure on small ranchers, family farmers, and the environment. For more on the relationship between lowwage workers and the fastfood industry see barbara ehrenreichs nickel and dimed.
The dark side of the allamerican meal is a 2001 book written by investigative journalist eric schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the united states fast food industry first serialized by rolling stone in 1999, the book has drawn comparisons to upton sinclairs 1906 muckraking novel the jungle. First serialized by rolling stone in 1999, the book has drawn comparisons to upton sinclairs 1906 muckraking novel the jungle. Fast food nation by eric schlosser monkeynotes summary. Now, because meat is distributed all over the nation, an outbreak of food poisoning in one town may indicate nationwide epidemic. There use to be a company called ibp, and it was americas biggest beef packing plant. Schlosser is a serious and diligent reporter, and fast food nation isnt an airy deconstruction but an avalanche of facts and observations as he examines the fastfood process from meat to marketing. It thoroughly explains what happens at the slaughterhouses all over the country. Disney, mcdonald s, and countless similar corporations participated in a postwar economic boom, coupled with the explosion of the automobile. Now, because meat is distributed all over the nation, an outbreak of food poisoning in one town may indicate nation wide epidemic. The film is horribly sourced, and doesnt provide 110th the background or factual data, and is far to speculative. Section one, titled the american way, traces the history of fast food from its early ancestors in southern california through its growth and expansion throughout the united states, its consolidation into uniformity of delivery, its spawning of agribusiness megacorporations, and its global. Fast food began in the early 1950s in southern california. At the end of fast food nation, there is a chapter written 10 years after the book was first published.1435 1335 1268 717 1543 550 10 968 165 878 1529 1346 537 1642 441 656 888 1049 556 1122 540 908 727 149 1303 1162 658 230 3 673 571 1064 1327 497 198 1079 1285 297 1457 480 393 958 1067 3 1097