Friday, November 20, 2009

Book Review -- The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Very rarely do I not finish a book. But life came crashing down on me this week and unfortunately, The Omnivore's Dilemma, was the collateral damage.

If I could rate the 50 pages I did read I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Michael Pollan weaves an extraordinary story of the industrialization of our food. Considering the subject matter could get bogged down in minutia, he has a very easy writing style that is a pleasure to read. And I'm convinced he needs to write romance novels after reading his section on "corn sex!" Totally erotic, in a plant kind of way! I hope to revisit this book in the future. But I have to move on to other things.

Book source: Public library

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  1. Ah crud, you didn't get to finish it? It's just so good. And if you think his description of corn sex is good, just imagine what his writing can do for a McDonald's happy meal. I guarantee you will not eat at McDonald's ever again after reading his book. It's more damaging that "Supersize Me" ever could be. So I get it when life comes crashing down, but do try to get back to it. You won't be disappointed.

    By the way, have you read 3 Cups of Tea? It's a powerful story, but the writing style is DRIVING ME BATTY. If I have to read another eighty word sentence about vertiginous slopes (not sure that's even a word--is it?) I'm gonna throw the book across the room.

  2. This book amazed me. I never would've picked it up (thank you book club!) but I'm so glad I did. I still think about it sometimes :)