The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Please read this book (there’s a video to check out at the bottom). I’m about 2/3 of the way finished right now. It is inspiring (hence my category assignment). It discusses so much of what we have been talking about on this site, through emails, and at the dinner table. Michael Pollan (who also wrote Unhappy Meals) believes that food and eating are our deepest and truest connection to nature. The title of the book is kinda lousy, and a bit misleading (if you ask me), as it deals not so much with what we should eat, but how we should eat, and our role in what Pollan calls, the “military industrial complex” of food.

I don’t have the time right now to write up a whole deal on the book. Just trust me, this book is VERY important. There’s a reason it was listed as one of the top 10 books of 2006. The book is challenging, enlightening, frightening, spiritual (in the stories, though not directly coming from the author), scientific (lots of good ecology and evolution), and awesome. Right now I’m at a part where Pollan is writing about Polyface Farms in Virginia. We need to plan a visit. It is unbelievable - totally sustainable and local - what a real farm (in Jefferson’s mind) should be. More later.

DavidInspirations03/04/07 1 comments


David • 03/04/07 10:44 PM:

Here’s another article about the book from the NYT. Deconstructing Dinner is a sort of summary/intro to the book.

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