Gift Books: Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma

No, it doesn’t have much to do with fly fishing — at least not directly — but food writer Michael Pollan‘s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Penguin, August 2007, 484 pages) should be on the gift list for anyone concerned with how our eating habits directly shape the health of our environment. And if you’ve ever wanted to understand the link between corn monocultures, cattle feedlots, processed foods and polluted rivers and oceans, look no further.
This paperback (precursor to his more recent In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and the followup to The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World) manages to make sense of a bewildering national preoccupation with food menus and eating habits that has — ironically — only made us and our natural surroundings less healthy. More remarkably, Pollan’s prescriptions for improved individual and environmental health are quite simple: enjoy food, but only “real” food. At about nine bucks on Amazon, it’s a winter reader’s steal.

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  • J. Blevins

    I picked up this book when it first came out. It will change the way you think about food production in the country. The sequel In Defense of Food is really moved my wife and I to change the way we eat, and we are not tree hugging, grass eating, hippies; we just decided we liked good food and that it just happened to be good for us, and happens to be good for the environment too.
    Get the books for someone who loves to eat junk food and get a copy for yourself.