I finally finished reading this book, Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It was recommended to me 3 years ago and it seemed like an intriguing book. Then I got very sick, had trouble eating, tried many different diets, ultimately diagnosed with cancer. So, the book became a must read by relevance. The sub-title is “A Natural History of Four Meals”. The author takes us on a scavenger hunt exploration and at no time are you checking off Meal #1, ok, what is Meal #2 – you get quite lost in the lovely journey.
The length of time it took me to read Omnivore’s Dilemma, 2 weeks shy of 2 years now, is no reflection on the book itself-extreme life interruptions, book went into storage, even checked a copy out of the library, plus the silly notion that reading is a selfish hobby.
I highly recommend this book. It is smart, witty and thought provoking. It answers the question “where does our food come from” in an honest way through in-depth research and discovery. Pollan’s writing style “one of gleeful irony and barely suppressed outrage” says the Los Angeles Times, elevates this book to edutainment. Interesting facts like a typical McDonald’s meal equals around 2 pounds of corn-that’s like eating 6 ears of corn in one sitting! Also the revelation that the French, who indulge in butter, bread, cheese and meat daily have the lowest incidence of heart disease! You will have to read “Omnivore’s Dilemma” to see if Michael actually pulls the trigger to complete his hunter/gatherer meal.
The irony for me was, that after all this time, the book crossed the finish line exactly when I could not appreciate the “Omnivore’s Dilemma”. Currently I am a vegetarian merely consuming what is available. As I read the last 20 pages, which unfortunately was Meal #4 – a huge, delectable spread of home picked, scratch made creations, I am reduced to a meager pantry. Thankfully, reading is a feast for the soul that no one can take away.