The Omnivore's Dilemma is a groundbreaking book in which one of America's most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but, according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, how we answer it today, ath the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species. Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic> Or perhaps something we hunt, gather or grow ourselves?
The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan The PEnguin Press, 2006 Source: Library
What I liked about The Omnivore's Dilemma was that it really got me to think about the food that I eat. I also liked that it talked about the pros and cons of everything and let the reader decide what was best. The little tidbits of information that stuck with me were valuable indeed. Overall, it reminded me about how important it is to be aware of what food you eat and from where you get it. However, this isn't my usual style of book. I found the reading a bit tedious, and I'm not a fan of food in general. It had me a bit paranoid about my food choices (did you know there's a new eating disorder related to clean eating - Orthorexia?) I also wish that I had read an updated version, and while Pollan focused on McDonald's, I found myself wondering about fast-casual restaurants (like Qdoba, Panera, Culver's, etc.) and where they get their food and how it compares to McDonald's. Overall, I think The Omnivore's Dilemma could use a new edition.
The appeals in The Omnivore's Dilemma are the rich writing style and the detailed descriptions of Pollan's research. Also, foodies will enjoy the descriptions of his meals and information about how to find quality food.