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Review: “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan

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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

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 😉

Movie Review: Food, Inc.

I recently watched Food Inc. partly out of curiosity, partly out of my fascination with all things food and partly to see if I was on the right track with my move to home cooked meals from fresh ingredients and boy was it an eye opener. So many questions, so few answers…

This film, one would assume, has it’s facts straight, otherwise some of the monster food companies would be suing it out of existence. But it’s not just about the facts, the film is very well made and the way the facts are revealed is not designed to shock but to educate us.

After watching it I know I will be paying a lot more attention to where my fresh food comes from and how it’s produced, be it meat, poultry, fish or fruit and veg. We all need to be more aware of these things so that we can all make better choices for us and our families.

If you eat you need to see this film!

I would love to hear from Irish farmers and slaughterhouses about the conditions in their operations so as ever the comment form is open below.