The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
In the ancient days of hunter-gatherers, a wrong food choice -- in the form of a poison mushroom or toxic root -- could have quick and fatal consequences. Today, according to Botany of Desire author Michael Pollan, we face comparable dangers in the midst of plenitude. Pollan notes that Fast-Food... show more
In the ancient days of hunter-gatherers, a wrong food choice -- in the form of a poison mushroom or toxic root -- could have quick and fatal consequences. Today, according to Botany of Desire author Michael Pollan, we face comparable dangers in the midst of plenitude. Pollan notes that Fast-Food America is experiencing what can only be described as a national eating disorder. With compelling precision, he describes how parallel food chains (industrialized food, alternative or "organic" food, and home-gathered food) reflect differences and similarities in our ecology of eating. A fascinating look behind the labels.
Publish date: 28-08-2007
Edition language: English
This is one of the most important books I've ever read. If you are a human being who eats food, then you should read this. The only complaint I have is that he uses the word "boon" too much that it starts to get irritating.
This highly regarded book deserves its reputation as Pollan traverses a range of food issues, culminating in a meal of items he has "harvested" and cooked himself. But the section detailing his time with farmer Joel Salatin steals the limelight. Salatin is down to earth, highly intelligent, and very...
Twice a week, there is a farmer's market at my local park. It is half a block away from my house. For the last several years, I've brought food there. I can no longer eat, for instance, apples from the supermarket. They taste waxy. Considering how much I like my local farmer's market, it's surp...
This guy deserves an extra star just for the sheer depth of his coverage! I don't necessarily agree with some of his conclusions, but I admire the way he went out there and immersed himself in the topics he was studying.Books like this always make me feel good about the changes I've made in my eati...