Libraries are about sharing. That’s what’s so great about them. I love being able to request a book and get it as soon as it becomes available. But have you ever noticed the sucky other side to sharing? It works both ways. That means if someone else wants the book you borrowed, you have to return it, even when it’s a great book like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and you’re not quite done with it yet.
Really, the only thing I like to share is my opinion, and here it is.
The Omnivoreâ€™s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
When I saw the title of this book, I knew it was for me. I suffer from the Omnivore’s Dilemma. I can eat almost anything and yet I don’t know what to eat. Like many people, I am concerned not just about nutrition but also about sustainability. When I go to my grocery store and see that they’re selling produce from Peru, I am appalled. I am not alone in my food dilemma, and reading this book, it felt almost as if the author had written it just for me.
Pollan’s approach to this vast topic was to try four different meals: a completely industrial fast-food meal, an “organic” meal, a meal produced by sustainable farming practices, and a meal of locally foraged foods. He did his research and he was willing to do anything necessary, even slaughter chickens and hunt wild pigs, in order to understand the true cost of the foods that we eat. The Omnivore’s Dilemma was interesting and enlightening and I recommend it for all.
Sharing time over.