Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma
Read this book if you dare! It will forever change how you choose the food you eat...well, maybe not forever; I'm sure the impact will eventually wear off. The book goes along with Fast Food Nation, Food, Inc, and the movie, SuperSize Me...

I remember back in the 70's those of us interested in feeding our families more nutritiously read books like Diet for a Small Planet .
We bought a wheat grinder and a Bosch mixer and made bread and tried to use honey instead of white sugar. When the Hulme's lived out in Oakley and raised a beef each year, we bought some of the "range fed beef" from them. We had beehives and extracted our own honey; we gardened and canned fruit and bottled vegetables...mostly due to the influence of grandparents and parents who lived through the depression. We cooked from "scratch" and made homemade cookies and our own yogurt.
But as life grows hectic and Safeway and Costco offer such great ready made meals, it's hard to resist simplifying our cooking lives. This book educates us as to what's in much of the food we eat.
The author is a journalist and very entertaining to read...I actually listened to it (for 15 hours!) and got a little tired towards then end when he was philosophizing about hunting (which he had never done before) wild pigs in the Berkeley hills...guys(who hunt) might be more tuned in to that section. Still, I'm going to read labels more thoroughly again...looking for HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) which may be a major factor in the obesity epidemic in the US.

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