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I love books about food

This week, I read At last, this site begins, from Food Politics (Marion Nestle and I share many of the same opinions, and I adore her writing style).  This post discusses the various books that have become canons in the field of food politics – Mastering the Art of French CookingSweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern Historyand Fast Food Nation.  She also talks about the books that made their way into food politics discourse.

I have not read any of the books that she mentions aside from Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma.  Michael Pollan’s book completely revolutionized my feelings toward the industrial food system.  In fact, I think he changed a lot of people’s conceptions of where their food came from.  Travelling to factory farms and talking to owners about how they fed their cows and chickens is something I would never have the audacity to do, but would love to do at the same time.

Fast Food Nation was something I read in high school during my PETA monster phase.  It gave me more ammunition to condemn those who dared to consume meat and have anything positive to say about it.  Reading it gave me a basic understanding of many of the topics we have discussed in greater depth this semester.  Although it was a good read, I would say that I preferred Pollan’s approach to the modern food system.

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Weekly Food Log

Chef Epstein’s choice to bring delectable food to class today had much more of an effect on me than planned.  Initially, I planned on not eating any of it out of fear of having an anxiety attack in public, but I am certainly glad I got past that.

The end result of our class today was me thinking “I can eat delicious food in the comfort of Seibert, and nobody – including my budget – can stop me.” My favorite dish was the tofu with Thai peanut sauce, of course.  I live for peanut sauce.  What I didn’t know was that my kitchen-challenged self could make it.  So, yes, I intend on living on peanut sauce and tofu if it doesn’t lead to me getting onto one of those TLC shows for obese people.  Curried corn took second place.  Although she admitted that it was one of the more difficult dishes, I have enough drive to figure out how to make it and share it with my cat on a weekly basis.

I have every intention of going to the grocery store on Sunday and storing food in my fridge, my friend Mikey’s fridge, and Tony’s fridge with awesome food.  I can actually act like the wannabe health food addict I am (I say wannabe because I eat on campus and know that I am not treating my body well as a result)! Many, many thanks to Dr. Epstein for today’s delicious dishes.

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