Thursday, May 29, 2008

Two Interesting Reads




The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Both books were written by Michael Pollan. Have you read them? If yes, what do you think?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have read both of those books as well as Second Nature: A Gardener's Education and The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, also by M. Pollan.

What he has to say really makes sense. The way people in our society and our time eat is really not healthy. All the processed foods, convenience foods; We're no longer eating "food". I tell my patients at our clinic that food in their natural form is key. Vegetables have so many good and useful nutrients in them.

I was going to give you my personal review, but Ruth Reichl says it best in her review:
“Every time you go into a grocery store you are voting with your dollars, and what goes into your cart has real repercussions on the future of the earth. But although we have choices, few of us are aware of exactly what they are. Michael Pollan’s beautifully written book could change that. He tears down the walls that separate us from what we eat, and forces us to be more responsible eaters. Reading this book is a wonderful, life-changing experience.”

—Ruth Reichl, editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and author of Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Sorry for the long comment, but you've posted something I am passionate about! I do check out your blog regularly, but I am one of those "lurkers" who stand on the sideline and observe from afar. Also, because of the type of job I have, I remain Anonymous.

C said...

Anonymous:
Hi! Thanks for popping by and commenting!

I too, think that the two books are very thought provoking. I was hoping this post would elicit a little more debate and 'conversation'. I guess my readers aren't fans of these types of books :(

Thank you for lurking...and I hope you comment again!

Rayrena said...

Oh dear. The Omnivore's Dilemma changed my life. It changed the way I shop, cook and eat. I had no idea how my food was grown or processed and was shocked by what I learned. Did you know that the USDA's own yearly laboratory results show that the vitamins and minerals in our agricultural products have been declining?

Anyways, it helped me realize that paying a little more for organic food or at the farmers markets is much more than buying tastier food. It's also keeping farmers, who are much more committed to keeping the land healthy, in business. Don't give your hard earned dollars to the large agrobusiness like ADM or Cargill. Trust me, Kellogs isn't making yet another type of cereal because they want to please your palate, they are looking for another way to line their pockets.

C said...

Rayrena:
YAY! TWO comments on this post! I was beginning to feel a bit sad that it didn't seem that many people were interested in this topic or these books!

The ideas and information in the books had such a tremendous impact on my life too. It totally makes sense. I wish more people would read The Omnivore's Dilemma. It's sold a lot of books, but hopefully more people will realize the importance of what the book is conveying and change the way they eat, cook and shop for food.

Hubby and I have been eating for the most part according to the book...even before I read the book. It just makes so much sense. It's true that a lot of the "food" people consume these days isn't really "food". Anyway, I'd better shut it before I get too wrapped up in this! LOL!

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