FastFood Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal - Eric Schlosser
FastFood Nation, Eric Schlosser's disturbing and timely exploration of one of the world's most controversial industries, has become a massive...... more
FastFood Nation, Eric Schlosser's disturbing and timely exploration of one of the world's most controversial industries, has become a massive bestseller in America and rightly deserves to be so this side of the pond. On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick and cheap meal at a fast-foodrestaurant, without giving either its speed or its cheapness a second thought. Fastfood is so ubiquitous that it now seems harmless. But the industry's drive for consolidation, homogenisation and speediness has radically transformed the West's diet, landscape, economy and workforce, often in insidiously destructive ways.Eric Schlosser, an award-winning journalist, opens his ambitious and ultimately devastating exposé with an introduction to the iconoclasts and high school dropouts, such as Harlan Sanders and the McDonald brothers, who first applied the principles of a factory assembly line to a commercial kitchen. However, he rapidly moves behind the counter to the overworked and underpaid teenage workers, onto the factory farms where the potatoes and beef are grown, and into the slaughterhouses run by giant meatpacking corporations. Schlosser wants you to know why those French fries taste so good (with a visit to the world's largest flavour company) and "what really lurks between those sesame-seed buns". Eater beware: forget your concerns about cholesterol, there is--literally--faeces in your meat. Schlosser's investigation reaches its frightening peak in the meatpacking plants as he reveals the almost complete lack of regulation. His searing portrayal of the industry is disturbingly similar to Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, written in 1906: nightmare working conditions, union busting and unsanitary practices that introduced E.coli and other pathogens into restaurants, schools and homes. Almost as disturbing is his description of how the industry "both feeds and feeds off the young", insinuating itself into all aspects of children's lives, even the pages of their school books, while leaving them prone to obesity and disease. Fortunately, Schlosser offers some eminently practical remedies. "Eating in the United States should no longer be a form of high-risk behaviour", he writes. Where to begin? Ask yourself, is the true cost of having it "your way" really worth it? --Lesley Reed
Golden Arches East: McDonald's in East Asia - 0804749892
McDonald'srestaurants are found in over 100 countries, serving tens of millions of people each day. What are the cultural implications of this...... more
McDonald'srestaurants are found in over 100 countries, serving tens of millions of people each day. What are the cultural implications of this phenomenal success? The widely read--and widely acclaimed--"Golden Arches East" argues that McDonald's has largely become divorced from its American roots and become a "local" institution for an entire generation of affluent consumers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo. In the second edition, James L. Watson also covers recent attacks on the fast-food chain as a symbol of American imperialism, and the company's role in the obesity controversy currently raging in the U.S. food industry, bringing the story of East Asian franchises into the twenty-first century. Praise for the First Edition: ""Golden Arches East" is a fascinating study that explores issues of globalization by focusing on the role of McDonald's in five Asian economies and [concludes] that in many countries McDonald's has been absorbed by local communities and become assimilated, so that it is no longer thought of as a foreign restaurant and in some ways no longer functions as one." --Nicholas Kristof, "New York Times Book Review" "This is an important book because it shows accurately and with subtlety how transnational culture emerges. It must be read by anyone interested in globalization. It is concise enough to be used for courses in anthropology and Asian studies." --Joseph Bosco, "China Journal" "The strength of this book is that the contributors contextualize not just the food side of McDonald's, but the social and cultural activity on which this culture is embedded. These are culturally rich stories from the anthropology of everyday life." --Paul Noguchi, "Journal of Asian Studies" "Here is the rare academic study that belongs in every library."--"Library Journal"
Advantages: Its convenient Disadvantages: Its slow, cold, unfulfilling and expensive.
..." a small man in a chefs hat, but this was then replaced by Ronald McDonald in 1963.
McDonalds first came to the UK in 1974, in South London. And had continued to grow across the UK since then, there are now around 1250 McDonalds in the UK!!!
Now, McDonalds is like I said one of the most popular fast food restaurants in the world, but in recent years the stores have changed dramatically, reducing...
Advantages: Always one close by, quick turn out, children are welcome and catered for. Disadvantages: Toilets can be quite disturbing, not all dishes taste as good they are described.
If you eat during the week before 6.30pm, including lunch times, it's known as the early bird. The restaurant is usually quieter and the food prices are considerably less, up to a third off each dish. Remember that on Saturday this offer is only valid until 5 pm. Early bird menu prices range from £4 to under £10. Just because you pay less doesn't mean they cut back on quality or portions, it...
Advantages: great service Disadvantages: frozen spring rolls
...always full. They were well presented and really added to our experience here. Meals were served quickly and efficiently and any problems were quickly rectified.
I liked the restaurant as it was contemporary and smart, it had a very slick feel to it. There are many other Thai restaurants in Leeds that serve better food but they do not look as good. I guess it depends what you...