2010-01 Book Club

What: Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

January 27, 19:30 @ Café Schober, Napfgasse 4, 8001 Zürich.

Suggested as an alternative to In Defense of Food by the same author. This non-fiction book was suggested by Alex based on a friend’s suggestion. A book on the origin of food. Apparently written with a strong American bias, but it’ll be interesting for us here in Switzerland none the less. See the author's page about the book and In Defense of Food on Wikipedia.

Comment from Valpuri: I’ve read this, and it’s fine, lots to discuss, but I’ve heard that The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by the same author, is better? Maybe something to consider?

Comment from Alex: The person who gave me the book said the same thing, but since he didn’t have it... :) I’m fine with getting The Omnivore's Dilemma, though. Wikipedia says:

“What should we have for dinner?” To answer this question, he follows four meals, each derived through a different food-production system, from their origins to the plate. Along the way, Pollan examines the ethical, political, and ecological factors that are intertwined in the industrial, large-scale organic, local, and personal (hunted-gathered) food chains, while describing the environmental and health consequences that result from food choices within these chains.



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