Synopses & Reviews
In the New York Times bestseller Chew on This, Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson unwrap the fast-food industry to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at a business that both feeds and feeds off the young. Find out what really goes on at your favorite restaurants—and what lurks between those sesame seed buns.
Praised for being accessible, honest, humorous, fascinating, and alarming, Chew On This was also repeatedly referred to as a must-read for kids who regularly eat fast food. Having all the facts about fast food helps young people make healthy decisions about what they eat. Chew On This shows them that they can change the world by changing what they eat.
Chew on This also includes action steps, a discussion guide, and a new afterword by the authors.
"Vivid . . . compelling.' and#8212;Booklist, starred review Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"A stinging, often startling expose on this country's pervasive, lucrative fast-food industry, for young people." and#8212;Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
"Fascinating -- and alarming. . . . This book is full of inspiring examples of how one person can make a difference." and#8212;LA Times The Los Angeles Times
"Chew on This is an expose of the fast-food industry and a nauseating disclosure of the fats, sweeteners, laboratory-formulated textures, scents and colors that sizzle under the Golden Arches. Read this, and you have had your last Happy Meal." and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
"Chew On This should be circulated widely among America's youth. And should be commended for the fact that even in the face of such overwhelmingly bad news, it doesn't completely lose its sense of humor." and#8212;The San Francisco Chronicle
"With its discussion of alternatives . . . Chew on This puts a nice, empowering spin on the old Burger King jingle, "Have it your way." Along with the all-McDonald's diet movie, "Supersize Me," this should be required fare before the next lunch bell rings." and#8212;The Washington Post
"Chew On This is an eye-opening book with a worthy message." and#8212;Bookpage Bookpage
"Useful for health classes and nutrition units, it will also be an eye-opener for general readers who regularly indulge at the Golden Arches. . . .But the emphasis here is on the truth about soda pop and obestity, fries and lies." and#8212;School Library Journal
"Eye-opening and often stomach-churning...this book is a fascinating look at a very controversial subject." and#8212;VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
In this "New York Times" bestseller, Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation") and Wilson unwrap the fast-food industry, offering a behind-the-scenes look at a business that both feeds and feeds off the young. This paperback edition includes a discussion guide, a new Afterword, and supplemental information with healthy eating resources for kids.
Kids love fast food. And the fast food industry definitely loves kids. It couldnand#8217;t survive without them. Did you know that the biggest toy company in the world is McDonaldand#8217;s? Itand#8217;s true. In fact, one out of every three toys given to a child in the United States each year is from a fast food restaurant.
Not only has fast food reached into the toy industry, itand#8217;s moving into our schools. One out of every five public schools in the United States now serves brand name fast food. But do kids know what theyand#8217;re eating? Where do fast food hamburgers come from? And what makes those fries taste so good?
When Eric Schlosserand#8217;s best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, was published for adults in 2001, many called for his groundbreaking insight to be shared with young people. Now Schlosser, along with co-writer Charles Wilson, has investigated the subject further, uncovering new facts children need to know.
In Chew On This, they share with kids the fascinating and sometimes frightening truth about what lurks between those sesame seed buns, what a chicken and#8216;nuggetand#8217; really is, and how the fast food industry has been feeding off children for generations.
Featuring cover art by M. Wartella.
About the Author
Eric Schlosser has been a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly since 1996. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, the Nation, and The New Yorker. He has received a National Magazine Award and a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for reporting. In 1998 Schlosser wrote an investigative piece on the fast food industry for Rolling Stone. What began as a two-part article for the magazine turned into a groundbreaking book: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (2001). The book helped to change the way that Americans think about what they eat. Fast Food Nation was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years, as well as on bestseller lists in Canada, Great Britain, and Japan. It has been translated into more than twenty languages. Schlosser's second book, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market (2003), explored the nation's growing underground economy. It also became a New York Times bestseller. In 2003, Schlosser's first play, Americans, was produced at the Arcola Theatre in London. Hoping to counter the enormous amount of fast food marketing aimed at children, Schlosser decided to write a book that would help young people understand where their food comes from, how it's made, how it affects society, and how it can harm their health. Co-written with Charles Wilson, Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food became a New York Times bestseller in the spring of 2006. Later that year, Fox Searchlight Pictures released a major motion picture based on Fast Food Nation, directed by Richard Linklater and co-written with Schlosser. "It's a mirror and a portrait," the New York Times said of the film, "as necessary and nourishing as your next meal." Schlosser is currently at work on a book about America's prison system.