The Omnivore's Dilemma

This is a wide ranging book about what we eat and where it comes from. It made me really think about food. If you're into food you'll probably like it. Its one of the best books I've ever read.

In several distinct sections it traces food from source to table. The parts range from revolting in the case of the corn factory used to make nearly everything in the hamburger meal to the very fun sections on sustainable agriculture and hunting for your dinner. I think its quite American in focus and I can't imagine that most of the rest of the world is as bad as this. In fact one of the points of the book is that America, with little traditional food culture is much more vulnerable to the marketing of new mostly factory made foods. However, the part about how behind closed doors companies will do anything to our food in order to make a profit is probably universally applicable.

I'll definitely be trying to eat more locally now. I can't wait till we can really grow a sizable portion of our food ourselves. And I'll probably never eat another fast food hamburger.