Booklist: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

By Michael Pollan

In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan takes four meals and dissects where they come from. He dives into industrial farming and corn, organics and grass farms, and ends with a fully foraged meal.

Pamela Kaufman from Food and Wine says:
“Pollan… examines what he calls “our national eating disorder” (the Atkins craze, the precipitous rise in obesity) in this remarkably clearheaded book. It’s a fascinating journey up and down the food chain, one that might change the way you read the label on a frozen dinner, dig into a steak or decide whether to buy organic eggs. You’ll certainly never look at a Chicken McNugget the same way again. Pollan approaches his mission not as an activist but as a naturalist: “The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world.” All food, he points out, originates with plants, animals and fungi.”

Why it changed my eating habits: Pollan’s description and experience at Joel Salatin’s Polyface farm introduced me to the world of grass-fed beef and pasture-raised chicken and eggs. The way this farm runs makes so much sense and stands in stark contrast to Pollan’s explanation of industrial farming and the politics that go along with it. After reading this book, I started buying only grass-fed beef and local food whenever possible.

3 comments for “Booklist: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

  1. Viki
    October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    If you haven’t read “Real Food What to Eat and Why” by Nina Planck”
    I highly recommend it. I read Michael Pollan and then I read Nina Planck.
    Both are Fantastic.
    I just found she has a web site.

  2. cat
    October 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you, Viki. I’ll definitely check it out!

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