Review: Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World”

by writereaderly

michael pollan omnivore's dilemmaEver-so-long a lurker on the Slow Rotation — which sadly never appeared in Bookclub, despite long being on the list — I was glad to find this on KJM’s shelf for the snaffling. Pollan investigates the biological, ecological and political costs of producing three meals: McDonald’s eaten in the car on the road (sourced primarily from corn); two organic meals (one from Big Organic, one from “beyond” organic farming); and a hunted/gathered/gardened meal. Excellent research, insightful analysis, interesting conclusions. A thoroughly confronting book, even for one who thought she knew quite a lot about food production. Highly recommended.

Where it came from: KJM’s bookshelf
Time and manner of reading:
Two days of reading every chance I got
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: The whys and wherefores of the farm
Who I’d recommend it to:
Eaters
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper; Belonging by bell hooks; Simone Weil by Francine du Plessix Gray

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