Twitter Facebook Tumblr Pinterest Instagram

« older | Main Largehearted Boy Page | newer »

June 7, 2009

19 Down, 33 To Go "The End of Food" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

I have become increasingly fascinated with food books over the past several years. The Ethical Gourmet to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food have all enlightened me about not only my personal diet, but also the business of food production.

Paul Roberts' The End of Food applies Malthusian scenarios to the world's food production, truly applying a global perspective on the past, present, and future. Roberts' research is impressive, the book charts man's dietary evolution through the years and also offers a snapshot of the changes in farming around the world. Potentials for disaster are everywhere, from China's increased meat consumption to avian flu to the long-term effects of genetically engineered food, and Roberts points out enough to scare almost anyone who reads this book.

Though informative, at times the book felt cobbled together, with little flow from chapter to chapter. When I finished The End of Food, I was an even greater admirer of Michael Pollan, whose books covering similar subjects are much more informative and enjoyable.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is The Eternal Smile: Three Stories, by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2009 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


submit to reddit