I'm not sure why it took me so long to post about this book...It certainly was no reflection on it's quality!
It's a love-hate situation for me when I read a really good health or nutrition book. On the one hand I'm at once inspired and motivated but on the other I wish that I had written it!
Michael Pollan's 'Omnivores Dilemma' is just such a book. It is one of the most compelling books I have read recently. He manages to marry a wonderfully evocative journalistic style with non-fiction content - not always the easiest thing to do.
'The Omnivores Dilemma' takes a winding journey through the political, agricultural and ecological landscape of what we eat in the modern world. As a nutritionist (not to mention philosopher and raconteur!) it allied with many of my own feelings on the topics of sustainability, organics and agribusiness.
If you are interested to know that the modern American's body carries more identifiable isotopes from corn than a Mexican's (where the staple is corn) or that the American government indirectly subsidises the profits of not only Coca-Cola and McDonalds but nearly EVERY highly processed and refined food on the market then you will find plenty more interesting facts in this book. Of course if you simply want a good read in a Bryson-esque mould you can't go wrong either. I don't use stars, but if I did it would get 5 out of 5!