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In January of 2012, Megan Kimble was a 26-year-old living in a small apartment without even a garden plot to her name. But she cared about where food came from, how it was made, and what it did to her body: so she decided to go an entire year without eating processed foods. Unprocessed is the narrative of Megan's extraordinary year, in which she milled wheat, extracted salt from the sea, milked a goat, slaughtered a sheep, and more - all while earning an income that fell well below the federal poverty line.

What makes a food processed? As Megan would soon realize, the answer to that question went far beyond cutting out snacks and sodas, and became a fascinating journey through America's food system, past and present. She learned how wheat became white; how fresh produce was globalized and animals industrialized. But she also discovered that in daily life, as she attempted to balance her project with a normal social life - which included dating - the question of what made a food processed was inextricably tied to gender and economy, politics and money, work and play.

Backed by extensive research and wide-ranging interviews, Unprocessed offers provocative insights not only on the process of food, but also the processes that shape our habits, communities, and day-to-day lives.

©2015 Megan Kimble (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-21

Very insightful

A very good look into the time and dedication it takes to eat unprocessed. It also does a good job informing you where to go and how to make and find unprocessed foods. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Erin Horn
  • 05-11-20

Unprocessed--yes!

The narrator was a perfect fit for the author's writing style. Eating unprocessed is a topic very important to me, but I learned some new facts and insights that will carry me forward into the future. Very well written book, and it was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • A. Hills
  • 03-08-22

Excellent!

This is such an excellent book! I bought the Audible version and the Kindle version so I could go back to sections for reference. I've already started asking much deeper and harder questions about the food I eat. The author's storytelling was so engaging. And the narrator's delivery was excellent. Loved this book so much.

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  • Chickenmama
  • 10-08-19

Very informative

At first, it was hard for me to get into the story because of the sound of the narrator's voice. It's not her fault, just the way my ears are tuned. The pitch of her voice was too high for me and she simply read the book. No life to the words although she changed her tone for male characters. The story line is what kept me listening. Megan had a very educational year and it makes you thing about what you can do in your own community. Spend your money better. I may not be able to change the world with the choices I alone make but I can make an improvement to my little world around me.