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I love books about food

on March 17, 2012

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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