Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Food reading for 2009

As I've mentioned before, I am a big proponent of ethical treatment farm and research animals. I'm also a meat eater.* (Just look at how many of my posts are tagged "Pork.")

The two points of view are not mutually exclusive in mind, even though eating meat is not always easy an easy decision. Many animal rights activists will disagree with that stance. And, people like Jamie Oliver with whom I share a similar sensibility when it comes to meat, have been harshly publicly criticized.

Author Michael Pollan elaborates on the omnivore's dillemma in his 2006 book of the same title. Now that he's come out with a second book, In Defense of Food, which appears to find solutions, to food dilemas big and small.

Shawn got me both books for Christmas. So, it looks like I have some heavy reading ahead.

For some not-so-heavy (but still kinda heavy) reading, I recommend the article "Consider the Lobster". Its author, David Foster Wallace died this past September leaving a remarkable litteraray legacy, not the least of which is Lobster, which originally appeared in the August 2004 issue of Gourmet. Yes. That Gourmet

The article examines to quote Wallace "the whole animal-cruelty-and-eating issue" in the back drop of the Main lobster festival. It's complicated and real, and think about it every time I pass a lobster tank. I think Slate editor Michael Agger commenting on another Wallace article sums up the effect of Wallace's non-fiction quite accurately: "The reader is left with a feeling that all great writing imparts: I should really look at myself and my world more closely."




*I buy only free-range. (If I was David Foster Wallace I would write a much longer extensively-researched footnote. But I'm not that good.)

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