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)”


Second Nature (Michael Pollan)

Well, friends, the year is almost done. How are you doing on your own Reading Challenges? There’s still about three weeks left, and I would need to read six books in that time to meet my goal. Two per week is totally feasible, right?? If I really buckled down, I could make it work, but we’ll just have to see. 🙂

Title/Year Published – Second Nature: A gardener’s education (1991)

Author – Michael Pollan

Page count – 258

Rating – Buy/Borrow/Bypass + Goodreads 4/5

(I don’t know that I need to read this book again, but it’s definitely one I’m passing along to several gardening/horticulture/landscaper friends. And I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the books and authors he recommends/references.)

I hadn’t realized this when I got the book, but I’ve already read another by this author called The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Like I said in that review, it was a book that made me think about things in a philosophical way that I hadn’t considered before. Whereas Omnivore applied to anyone who, ya know, eats food, this book is really more of interest to those who do any type of horticultural work – whether you are a farmer, manage the landscape of a large estate, or just keep a couple pots of flowers on your front step. Continue reading “Second Nature (Michael Pollan)”

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)”