Review: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan (2006)

Never before have we had so many choices when it comes to the food we eat. And never before have we been so disconnected from the source of our food. Pollan’s fascinating book will give you much to ponder as he lifts the veil on how our food gets from the field to the table, focusing on industrial conglomerates mass-producing corn (more as a product than a food), sustainable and organic farms (the myth vs. the reality) and finally, the age-old method of hunting and gathering.

Pollan narrates his book in the first person, in a tone that’s personal and never preachy. He makes no judgments as he seeks to understand the political, ethical, and environmental issues associated with each method of food production. Anyone who consumes food in this country, whether it’s from a mega-superstore or your neighborhood organic grocer, owes it to himself or herself to read Omnivore’s Dilemma. This is a book that will forever change the way you look at what you eat.


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