The Foodie Intellectual



“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” 
Michael Pollan

A friend once told me that she watched the food channels to pick up ideas because “one day” she would have the time to cook and bake.  Over the years, the amount of time spent in the kitchen has dwindled.  We have introduced substitute products that promise the benefits of excellent taste, limited preparation and virtually no clean-up.  Our transition to fast food has been gradual and, arguably based on our desire to spend more quality time with our children, given that in most families both parents work.

Michael Pollan has been described as the “liberal foodie intellectual” by the New York Times.  He has argued that what most North Americans buy in supermarkets, fast food stores and restaurants is not real food. He advises: “Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.”

My takeaway:   I need to put on my “research hat.”   I have placed two books by Michael Pollan – “In Defence of Food” and The Omnivore’s Dilemma” – on my reading list for 2013.  I would welcome any other suggestions.

“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.” 

 Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals