Pandora's Lunchbox

  • by Melanie Warner
  • Narrated by Ann Marie Lee
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed our children? Former New York Times reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that takes her to research labs, food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening - and sometimes disturbing - account of what we're really eating. Warner looks at how decades of food science have resulted in the cheapest, most abundant, most addictive, and most nutritionally devastating food in the world, and she uncovers startling evidence about the profound health implications of the packaged and fast foods that we eat on a daily basis.
From breakfast cereal to chicken subs to nutrition bars, processed foods account for roughly 70 percent of our nation's calories. Despite the growing presence of farmers' markets and organic produce, strange food additives are nearly impossible to avoid. Combining meticulous research, vivid writing, and cultural analysis, Warner blows the lid off the largely undocumented - and lightly regulated - world of chemically treated and processed foods and lays bare the potential price we may pay for consuming even so-called "healthy" foods.


What the Critics Say

"Warner's thought-provoking study does an excellent job presenting the facts without sensationalizing, and offering common-sense solutions to those seeking to make better food choices." (Publishers Weekly)


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A nice background on food history

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There's obvious bias present in some of the stories based on the author's own perceptions and a desire to persuade others. Substances such as fatty acids are referred to as "grease" as a way of influencing others or attempting to debase some of the substances. This style is repeatedly used throughout the text and juxtaposed against scientific or factual data to attempt to provide more emphasis. Overall, a decent history lesson on the food and supplement industry.

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- Jeff

Same old

Not much different from other books of its kind. Narrator has an artificially perky voice for nonfiction. She sounds like she'd reading about Disney princesses to a group of 3rd graders. Pass.
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- ro_runner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio