October 13, 2007
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals is the rare book that both opened my eyes and changed my life (or at least teh way I look at the food on my table). Michael Pollan is an explorer who survived his expedition into cornfields, chicken coops, organic lettuce farms, and even wild pig hunts to tell his tale. Pollan explains how politics shape what we eat, and gives insights into the farms and people who grow our food. The book is filled with statistics, and Pollan refreshingly admits when his hypotheses lack scientific data to back them up. I was never aware of how much corn is in the average American's diet, or what constitutes the legal term "organic" in produce, meat, and packaged foods. With this book as a tool I can educate my friends and family about the food they eat, as well as the world we live in.
My next book is the Spook Country by William Gibson.
also at Largehearted Boy:
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)