Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Books

I was at Costco last night cashing in my check from American Express (3% cash back on gas goes a long way) and I decided to peruse the book section. I spotted a lone copy of Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals for $8.99 (it's $1 cheaper on Amazon) and a copy of The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, also $8.99 ($1.89 less than Amazon). I first heard about Michael Pollan about a year ago when his article Unhappy Meals was referenced in one of the environmental blogs that I follow. What he was saying made sense to me: eat food not processed food stuff, eat mostly plants, eat local and be mindful.

So what's a budding foodie and environmentalist to do? I borrowed In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto from the library and only read half of it because I kept getting distracted. A few months passed by and I decided to try reading it again so I put the book on reserve, this was around the time that it was the library book club book of the month, and didn't finish it again. I liked what he was saying but I needed more than a library loan period to read and digest everything so I bought a copy. It took me about two months of off and on reading but I finished it. And you know what? The gist of the book is the Unhappy Meals article. But it's still a good read and "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." is a good mantra to eat by.

Happy Eating! - KP

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