Tag Archives: Michael Pollan

Foodie Links For 4/7/2011

Is this really Winning?

An interesting alternative view to the effect Michael Pollan is having on US Big agriculture.

More doomsday predictions about our food supply, I tolerate the stories only for the headlines 😉

So Frito Lays (that’s the snack food wing of Pepsi Co) are going to go free of all artificial ingredients by the end of 2015, I read it here

And for a something a bit more local here’s a great read from Darina Allen on the Ballymaloe cookery school site.

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

The Omnivore's Dilemma cover
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 😉

Are there Leaders in this Food Revolution?

It’s a valid question, every revolution needs its leaders, someone to rally the troops, come up with the big plan, keep everyone motivated and implement whatever it is that the revolution is trying to implement.

So does this food revolution I’ve talked about before have any leaders?

Well of course! I think most would agree that one person who is out there and pushing this agenda of better health through food at every possible turn is Jamie Oliver, love him or hate him, he is doing everything he can to get the information into people’s hands and also encouraging them to use it.

If we can make his TED wish come true then the next generation will have a far better chance of leading a healthy life than this one and that makes a lot of sense, educate the youth now before they form the wrong habits and add to the problem.

But what other leaders are out there?

I found some potentials while browsing through other TED talks, Mark Bittman seems to have an idea about what’s wrong with what we eat in this excellent talk…

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I like his ideas, there is a logic to them that just resonates with me. When I read a review of ‘In Defense of Food’ by Michael Pollan over on Lily’s Blog (it was also mentioned by Rummuser in a comment on a previous post as well), I heard more of these same ideas so I’m eagerly waiting for my copy of ‘In Defense of Food‘ and ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma‘ but I don’t think I need to wait to read the books to know that Michael Pollan is another revolutionary leader.

The most important leaders in the food revolution though, aren’t these high profile types, the most important leaders are the people who set our menus and cook our food and if that isn’t you or someone that you LITERALLY trust with your life then maybe it’s time to listen to some of the high profile types and learn about what makes a healthy diet, before it’s too late.