Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Author:  Michael Pollan
Year:  2006
Publisher: The Penguin Press
Pages:  451

Goodreads Summary:

What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't—which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we're realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore's Dilemma is bestselling author Michael Pollan's brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America.

This book was long and at times difficult to read. I found myself rereading passages because I didn't quite understand what was just said but in the end, the book was eye-opening more than anything. I had never put much thought into exactly where my food comes from. After reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, I think about it every time I drive past a corn field or cow pasture. I'm definitely going to be reading more Pollan in my future.


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