Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan - Fall 2007, Ohlone College Book Club

We can't think of a better way to kick off the opening of our green Newark Center campus than to read a book that expands on the idea that "…the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world."

What could be a dreary tirade in the hands of a lesser writer is a beautifully written look into the wide-ranging impact of modern food consumption and production practices on everything from human health to the fate of the environment.

"In The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan writes about how our food is grown - what it is, in fact, that we are eating. The book is really three in one: The first section discusses industrial farming; the second, organic food, both as big business and on a relatively small farm; and the third, what it is like to hunt and gather food for oneself. And each section culminates in a meal - a cheeseburger and fries from McDonald's; roast chicken, vegetables and a salad from Whole Foods; and grilled chicken, corn and a chocolate soufflé (made with fresh eggs) from a sustainable farm; and, finally, mushrooms and pork, foraged from the wild."
- The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com

Copies of the Omnivore’s Dilemma are for sale in the Ohlone College Library at the Information Desk (not the Circulation/Checkout Desk). Price is $13 – cash only please.

Book Discussion

The discussion date is set for Friday, December 7, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the Library Video Conference Room (Room 1307). Biology Instructor, Dr. Jeff Watanabe will lead what promises to be a lively and interesting discussion.

Book Club Discussion Blog

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