January 29, 2007

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

That's the first line of Michael Pollen's article Unhappy Meals in yesterday's Times magazine on the food industry. Odds are if you are reading this blog you've already read the article, but just in case, there's the link served up for you. We're big Michael Pollen fans in this house and happen to be in the middle of reading The Omnivore's Dilemma which is excellent (Jenn is further through it than I am and keeps hitting me with corn facts... read the book and you'll understand). The Botany of Desire is another must read book we push on all our friends. If you love food and incisive writing, these books are for you.

posted at 01:02 AM by raul

Filed under: eating

TAGS: eating (3) food (3) food industry (1) nutrition (1)


01/30/07 05:52 PM

thanks for the interesting references. Somewhere I read that women in the west had less osteoporosis in the old days because they ate more green leaf vegetables ( which can be high in calcium, as well as other stuff ).I suspect that the soil then was less delpleted of nutrients, adding to the benefits of eating greens in the old days. One of my
grandmothers religiously collected dandelion greens in the spring, and from her I gained an intense love for this "weed". Other random thoughts are: the state of Maine has some amazing small businesses that revolve around food in some way. There is a company that makes excellent ready-made Chinese food, for instance, way up north in the boondocks. But the one that caught my eye was the dandelion company. They grow dandelions and can them and they are fantastic ( even though in tins ).

02/02/07 01:47 PM

I wholeheartedly second this recommendation. Pollen is a terrific writer. And thanks for the link to the NYT article as I *haven't* read it!

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