“Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.”
For those of you checking in with our ‘reading is sexy’ page, you’ll have noticed that I’ve recently read Michael Pollan‘s two recent books, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food (whose subtitle is quoted above). The former examines the food chain that brings food to the table, in the form of four distinct meals (industrial agriculture, industrial organic, sustainable farming, and hunting/gathering/growing), and the latter takes a look at the phenomenon of ‘nutritionism’ and the Western diet. The Ominvore’s Dilemma ought to be required reading; it is just excellent. In Defense of Food, is also quite good, though somewhat a case of preaching to the choir for this particular reader–interesting nonetheless.
I thought it’d be worthwhile to post a link for those of you interested in finding fresh, local, sustainable farms and produce: Local Harvest and Eat Wild. The benefits of eating fresh, local, sustainable meats and produce are too numerous to list here (read the book!!).
To conclude, a quote from Wendell Berry:
Eating with the fullest pleasure–pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance–is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make, and powers we cannot comprehend.
Eat well, my friends.