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Book Review: The Omnivore's Dilemma

Thursday, September 01, 2011

If you aren't sure local/organic fruits and veggies and local/organic/patstured meats and eggs aren't worth the hassle or the money, you need to read this book. More than any other, this book revolutionized what I eat and where I buy my food.

Pollan explores the history of three different meals: one produced through large scale industrial farming, one grown on a biodynamic small farm, and one procured through hunting and gathering. He also explores large-scale industrial organic farming along the way. He discusses his own ethical dilemmas and concerns along the way, but the book isn't preachy or pushy.

I really can't say enough good things about this book. If you haven't read it, run--don't walk--to get a copy. It was a bestseller, so most libraries have it on their shelves.

While you are waiting for the library to open tomorrow, here's a talk the author gave at the Google Headquarters. This was actually a talk he gave around the time another of his books--In Defense of Food--came out.
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    I just got around to reading it. It's excellent!
    1542 days ago
    Real food beats edible food-like substances every time -
    1878 days ago
    I LOVED this book! I read it after I was already seeking out local, organic, fresh food, but it really just made me committed to it all the more. I actually found a chicken farmer that reminds me of the one in the book.
    1881 days ago
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