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Saturday, January 9, 2010

REAL FOOD and REAL good advice

Last year I read both "In Defense of Food" and "An Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan and even did a week long eating experiment based on them. And even though I try and keep it up I am finding that time has faded my memory of the recommendations and guidelines set out in the books. That's why I was so happy to find this book at the grocery store the other day.

It was great because I went through the produce section, picked up some bananas, carrots, and apples and then moved on to the rest of the store. It was on my way to the meat that I stopped to look at the books and saw this. I grabbed it, thumbed through it, and asked my oldest son to read the chapter headings out loud to me as we shopped. The book is laid out in small chapters; each one listing a guideline with an explanation following. As we walked the aisles he was saying things like, "If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't" and "Eat only foods that will eventually rot" and it made us all really consious of what we were buying and it also made us really anxious to go home and eat some good REAL food.

Needless to say, because of the book, we turned around and spent a lot more time in the produce section of the store. I love Michael Pollan's work and if you do too than this book is the perfect thing to keep hanging around in your kitchen or in your bag to remind you of how we really need to eat. And to remind you that how you eat shapes what the landscape around you looks like.

p.s. go check out that last link to Michael Pollan. His website has some great links and info on it.


katiegirl said...

I'll have to look for this book. My sister and I recently watched Food, Inc. and needless to say we're both itching to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Ecocheapo said...

Excellent! I have been lamenting the fact that there is never enough time to read all the books on my wish list, which includes much of Michael Pollan's work. This looks very accessible. I will certainly check it out!

Stephanie said...

I recently saw Food, Inc. too, and it has changed my way of thinking for sure. I'm going to read all three of those books. And I've been hanging out on this blog a lot more often lately...