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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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Jun 14, 09

bookshelves: foodies, non-fiction, environment
Read in June, 2009

This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about food (or should). Michael Pollan gives a detailed inside look at four different meals: 1)Industrial food (the journey of corn to slaughter houses to a McDonald's near you--and he does not sugar coat it), 2) Industrial Organic (how organic food was "industrialized" to fit huge supermarkets like Whole Foods and why that is both good and bad), 3) Pastoral Farm Food (Grass-Fed beef, small farms, local foods), and 4) Hunting and Gathering (the unrealistic but interesting meal). What makes this book incredible is that Pollan doesn't just research each meal, he actually goes to the places--he buys a cow and visits it at the industrial feedlot, he works on a pastoral farm and he learns how to hunt wild boar and gather wild mushrooms, just to name a few. He presents his argument very well in easy to read writing. My only complaint is that it does get a little slow at parts--maybe a little too wordy--but, at the same time, I wouldn't want it edited any other way. The long, sometimes wordy, details just make his argument and research stronger. I guarantee this book will change the way you look at food of all kinds. But a warning to all: if you love McDonald's and want to continue enjoying a fast food hamburger (or any kind of non-grass fed beef) with the same pleasure and enjoyment, this may not be the book for you. But if you want to have at least a slight idea of what exactly you're putting into your body, read this.
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