And maybe well he should be. The manipulation of natural food into foodstuffs and its general acceptance by the public is depMichael Pollan is angry.
And maybe well he should be. The manipulation of natural food into foodstuffs and its general acceptance by the public is deplorable. The fact that the 'Western Diet' (read: 'American Diet') of fast, processed foods is embraced by The Establishment as an acceptable substitute for real, whole foods is enough to generate multiple conspiracy theory documentaries (Oh, wait. You say it's been done?) and bring an outraged outcry from the overweight and undernourished massive masses. (You see?! Just writing about it gets the vitriolic [high fructose corn syrup laden] juices flowing!)
His snarkiness shows through in his writing. And while I can appreciate a good deal of sarcasm and snark, at times it put me on the defensive while reading ideas that I agree with in practice. Pollan doesn't check his emotions at the door and therefore the reader must account for bias.
But, then again, what's wrong with a little passion? Get enough people in an uproar, and changes happen. Clearly, the mainstays of the American diet are something akin to chalk and Tupperware®. Even when seeking to eat healthily (which I've always considered myself doing - I already do the things he is proposing: eat mostly plants, in limited amounts; grow a garden), one cannot assume that the produce or meat comes from the best sources. After reading this book and then grocery shopping, I had an acute feeling of helplessness. And frustration. And indignation. And maybe even a little anger.
I could totally relate to this passage:
"The work of growing food contributes to your health long before you sit down to eat it, of course, but there is something particularly fitting about enlisting your body in its own sustenance. Much of what we call recreation or exercise consists of pointless physical labor, so it is especially satisfying when we can give that labor a point. But gardening consists of mental labor as well: learning about the different varieties; figuring out which do best under the conditions of your garden; acquainting yourself with the various microclimates - the subtle differences in light, moisture, and soil quality across even the tiniest patch of earth; and devising ways to outwit pests without resorting to chemicals. None of this work is terribly difficult; much of it is endlessly gratifying, and never more so than in the hour immediately before dinner, when I take a knife and a basket out to the garden and harvest whatever has declared itself ripest and tastiest."...more
Beautiful pictures. An alphabet book that actually carries the entire alphabet (including "X"... though I've never heard of anyone named Xantippa befoBeautiful pictures. An alphabet book that actually carries the entire alphabet (including "X"... though I've never heard of anyone named Xantippa before)....more
Kinda lame alphabet book where there is always a stretch to find something that goes with "X" (in this case U, V, W, X, Y and Z) but the pictures areKinda lame alphabet book where there is always a stretch to find something that goes with "X" (in this case U, V, W, X, Y and Z) but the pictures are darling....more