The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a book about that age old question “What will we have for dinner?”
Which to be honest doesn’t really sound like the most riveting premise for a book and if I hadn’t heard so much about Michael Pollan in the last few months (Thanks Lily and Ramana ;)) and recently watched Food, Inc. then I may never have picked it up and my life and cooking would be poorer for it.
Let me be clear this is not a cookbook and there aren’t really recipes in it but that said it’s already having a profound effect on the way I think about my food and cooking in general.
The book starts at one extreme of modern food, industrial farmed food and works it’s way through organic farming and into foraging. It’s almost like a journey back in time, think about this, currently industrial farms feed quite a large percentage of the human population but go back a century and farming (in general) was far more organic and of course if you back even further, pre agriculture, foraging really was the only way to get dinner.
But this book doesn’t preach so much as prompt you to think about things such as: Where did this food come from? How did it live? How did it die? and so on. It tackles some tough moral questions and in general gives balanced answers.
Thought provoking, entertaining and well written, I would recommend this book to those who are anyway interested in what they eat, but particularly to those who are in a moral dilemma about meat, just don’t make a final decision until you’ve read the entire book 😉