Delicious bread! I was skeptical, but the basic no-knead, low maintenance method really works. If you have room in your fridge, you should try it out....moreDelicious bread! I was skeptical, but the basic no-knead, low maintenance method really works. If you have room in your fridge, you should try it out. It's hard to wait for the loaves to cool before devouring them, though.(less)
Yes, colloquial, and yes, written from a first-person perspective where personal experience is relied upon quite a bit, but wow! The information and l...moreYes, colloquial, and yes, written from a first-person perspective where personal experience is relied upon quite a bit, but wow! The information and levels of thought presented in this book was so much more interesting because of the way it was told.
This book is presented as a kind of journey through modern American food and our (perhaps lack of) food culture. Pollan is an amiable narrator who sets out to figure out exactly where our food comes from. He realizes that in the last few decades, "food" applies to more substances than ever before, many of them are man-made or processed, and that different Americans have very different ideas about what constitutes food. Thus, he tackles four main sources of the diet: fast food, groceries (traditional and organic), sustainable farming and finally, hunting/gathering, which is more of a philosophical approach than anything else.
Pollan does not pretend to be writing a completely unbiased work, and because it is based on so much personal experience, he expresses his opinion about the future of food in America rather clearly through example and statistics. I completely identify with his impulse to support local farming, and in fact I started getting a vegetable box delivered soon after I read this. Granted, he lives in Berkeley, and I myself live in San Francisco, so our collective zeitgeist is pretty similar. However, I have heard complaints from people in less fortunate farming areas that his ideas of sustainable, local farming, being non-scalable, are simply not a solution. What's great is, Pollan doesn't presume to have the answer. He's just starting the discussion.(less)