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Michael Pollan- The Omnivores Dilemma


Several weeks ago I attended a really interesting interview session with Michael Pollan at the Sydney Opera House

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of being enlightened by Michael Pollans writings, I highly recommend that you read at least one of his books in your life. ‘In Defence of Food’ and ‘The Omnivores Dilemma’ are my particular favourites.

These books will change and influence your eating habits for the better and make you aware of issues relating to the food that we eat. Some of the main topics that he discusses include; the major issues of mass food production, factory farming and the decline of nutrition levels that are affecting the health of humans, who fall prey to fast food and who have forgotten to appreciate ‘real’ food.

Some of my favourite quotes in his books are:

“Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.”

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ”

“Don't eat anything incapable of rotting.”

“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.”  

The books I own contain highlights on almost every page! So many logical facts that make total sense. These mentioned above are just a snippet!

Below is a preview of ‘ The Omnivores Dilemma’.

Visit his website to find out more… 

What do you think?