In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan)

I finished another audiobook! I’m taking a little break from audiobooks to spend some time with my CDs again (yes, I listen to CDs while I drive…don’t judge), but I’m glad to have discovered that I actually do enjoy listening to books (as long as they’re non-fiction). It definitely makes the drive to and from work more interesting, and it’s helping me reach my Reading Challenge goal after such a slow spring/summer. Yay!

TitleIn Defense of Food: An eater’s manifesto

Author – Michael Pollan

Year Published – 2008

Page Count/Length – 6 ½ hours on audiobook or 205 pages (according to Goodreads)

I’ve read a few books by this author before. While I’ve always felt a tinge of pretension in his writing, this one seemed to push it over the edge. Maybe it was just the voice of the person reading it? I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt at the moment, but there were definitely some issues I had with the ideas/philosophies presented in this book. Continue reading “In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan)”

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Like Water for Chocolate (#42/50)

The expression “like water for chocolate” comes from the idea of boiling water to make hot chocolate. You have to be careful not to let it boil too rapidly, or it will overflow and spoil the recipe. The lesson I took from this story is that emotions are the same in that you must keep them under control; too much passion will boil over and burn anything that gets in the way.

Title – Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate)

Author – Laura Esquivel

Page count – 241

Goodreads rating – 3/5 (liked it)

This book is set during the Mexican Revolution, and it is a tale of love and betrayal, romantic relationships and familial ones (particularly between the women in the house). Each chapter is set up for a different month of the year and begins with a recipe. Continue reading “Like Water for Chocolate (#42/50)”

The Improbability of Love (#36/50)

This book has a little bit of everything: Murder, romance, mystery, art history, and a lot of new vocab words (Inamorata? Capacious? Bacchanalian? Prurient?). It’s not a book you can breeze through, but I still couldn’t put it down!

Title – The Improbability of Love

Author – Hannah Rothschild

Page count – 406

“The Improbability of Love” is the name of what I would classify as our main character – a painting found in a London junk shop by Continue reading “The Improbability of Love (#36/50)”

The Omnivore’s Dilemma (#17/50)

As the title suggests, the main aim of this book is to take a look at the so-called “Omnivore’s Dilemma.” A koala that eats only eucalyptus leaves, or a bee that strictly looks for nectar, doesn’t have any decision to make when it’s time for dinner. When an animal is an omnivore – like humans are – it faces a dilemma every time it eats. We face both a blessing of options and a curse of choices. The book gets very philosophical, and I swear this isn’t a cover for trying to convince you all to become vegetarians, but it is a good book if you’re interested in looking at the true costs of what you eat – costs that go beyond the number on a grocery store label.

Title – The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Author – Michael Pollan

Page count – 411

This book is divided into three parts. Our first stop is the cornfields of Iowa (!!) and the “Industrial” Food Complex to which corn has become both a catalyst and a dependent. Continue reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma (#17/50)”