Thursday, May 11, 2006

Chew on This

Merle Rubin reviews Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know about Fast Food, by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson, for the Los Angeles Times.

Schlosser is the author of Fast Food Nation and, with the help of Charles Wilson, wrote Chew on This for the teen and preteen audience. Rubin finds their efforts to reach a young audience worthwhile:
  • "Like many good teachers, the authors know how to be entertaining and informative, funny and serious. Although kids may assume that all new things represent progress, this book offers a salutary view of some recent developments that are more like regress."

The dangers of fast food to the individual and society are the focus of Chew on This and, ultimately, Schlosser and Wilson suggest, "because kids are the chief consumers of these foods, it's kids who have the power (to borrow Nancy Reagan's mantra on drugs) to 'just say no.' Or, as Schlosser and Wilson put it, 'have it your way,' and walk out the door."

Here's another review of Chew on This from the San Francisco Chronicle. Also in the San Francisco Chronicle...(and sorry for the shameless plug here) an article about my sister!