People have been telling me since the 2006 publication of Omnivore’s Dilemma that I must read it. Unfortunately the choices I make to manage my time on a daily basis have excluded reading. Next to food and travel, reading is a top passion of mine and I plan to reintroduce it as a regular element in my life. Fortunately when I travel I inhale books, so I try to catch up every time I’m on the road.
On this trip I’ve finally gotten to Michael Pollan’s masterwork. While all of the themes he discusses are quite familiar to me, the level of detail, investigation, history and insight makes Omnivore’s Dilemma a veritable textbook for anyone who eats. His research into the industrial food complex and pastoral farming are essential in aiding the choices we make at the supermarket, farmer’s market on in our own backyards.
I’ll get on my soapbox another time. I’d like to start a category specifically to discuss sustainable eating. I have a lot to say. But for now, let’s all get on the same page and read Omnivore’s Dilemma. If you have, post a comment about your experience. If you haven’t, pick it up and let me know.