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18 Jan, 2009


Posted by andrea tomkins in: My media (sideblog archive)

I’m really getting into The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. All that stuff about corn! Holy smokes. Makes you think.

5 Responses to "Reading:"

1 | robyn

January 18th, 2009 at 1:26 pm


That book totally opened my eyes to how MUCH corn is in everything. His other book – In Defense of Food is also fantastic.

2 | Carla Golden

January 18th, 2009 at 5:36 pm


Ah, my FAVE food book – enjoy! Michael Pollan rocks. You’ll never eat the same again after finishing.

Save the humans! Study your food! ;o)

Be well, Carla aka OneHealthyGirl.com

3 | Jonathan

January 21st, 2009 at 8:52 pm


Ever since I read this, I’ve been curious to know what the book said about corn.

Does it mention how corn isn’t digestible?

4 | andrea

January 24th, 2009 at 12:48 pm


Jonathan: it isn’t that. I’ve been trying to think of a way to boil it down to one sentence… it’s basically about how corn affects our economy, our health, and our planet.

To give you an idea, a quick google reveals CSM posted an interview with Michael Pollan that touches on some of the things he writes about.

5 | Susan

January 27th, 2009 at 8:35 am


I agree – I am reading it now. I just finished End of Food, which has a broader scope, but is a bit drier. Perhaps one the biggest surprises is how “Big Organic” is not environmentally much better than regular produce (though it is certainly healthier). Thanks to those two books, I am now looking for a way of getting more regionally grown organic produce into our house.

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