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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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Sep 22, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: foodwriting, what-is-this-country-coming-to

I finally finished this after picking at it for months. I think it's a great exploration of food production in the United States -- although, as a native of Petaluma, I was disappointed to hear that our famous organic Rocky and Rosie free range chicken is not so free ranging. Despite my disappointment, Pollan's visit to Petaluma Poultry is a perfect example of why this book is great. Now, I won't be fooled by marketing ploys and food "storytelling." I'll know that Rocky, Rosie and their cousins actually hang out feather-by-jowl in a barn, with one little door in the back through which they never wander, being tended by germ-phobic ranchers in Hazmat suits.

The hunting and gathering chapter drags a big, however. It's hard to care about fringe food economies after such an interesting exploration of the (arguably more important) mainstream and organic production cycles.
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