Fast Food Nation

By Eric Schlosser,

Book cover of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Book description

Now the subject of a film by Richard Linklater, Eric Schlosser's explosive bestseller Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal is Doing to the World tells the story of our love affair with fast food.

Britain eats more fast food than any other country in Europe. It looks good, tastes…


Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)

Why read it?

2 authors picked Fast Food Nation as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I think of this 2001 expose as the granddaddy of this genre. The book reveals how “fast food has infiltrated every nook and cranny of American society” and the savage consequences of that long reach. Sure, we know fast food helped turn us into people who eat empty calories on the run. But the impact of fast food is much broader and deeper, affecting meatpacking, potato farming, minimum wage labor laws, urban sprawl, and even the tastes our tongues crave. It’s a tribute to the book’s revelations that many of the reviews ended on the same note of “you’ll never…

Food is so much more than fuel for the body. It's bound up with love and pleasure, nature and identity, memory and meaning. So we pay a high price when what we eat is cultivated, cooked, and consumed in a hurry. This book opened my eyes to the full horrors of the fast-food juggernaut. It also inspired me to devote the first chapter of In Praise of Slow to food.

From Carl's list on slowness.

Want books like Fast Food Nation?

Our community of 6,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like Fast Food Nation.

Browse books like Fast Food Nation

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in food industry, urban sprawl, and World War 2?

6,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about food industry, urban sprawl, and World War 2.

Food Industry Explore 10 books about food industry
Urban Sprawl Explore 6 books about urban sprawl
World War 2 Explore 1071 books about World War 2