the green fields beyond


Location: Charles City, Virginia, United States

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The tomato, the deer, and the Big Mac

Mel and I have always enjoyed food together. Eating out, cooking at home (mel as chef, me as sous-chef and dishwasher), having friends over for dinner, whatever. We also enjoy thinking about why we buy, grow, and eat the things we do...especially since moving to the country, where Mel has revealed a talent for vegetable gardening (95 percent of last night's dinner was grown in our garden or our neighbor's), and where the neighbors are initiating me into the lore of deer hunting (meat doesn't get much more local than "the deer that just ate our soybean crop!").

Michael Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" gave us LOTS to think/talk about in this regard, and was a fun read to boot. I was going to post a review/summary of it, but Joel Garver did a better job than i can. Read his review here, and a much longer philosophical reflection on some issues raised by it (Garver is a philosophy prof, after all) here.

Both Garver's posts and the book are highly recommended.



I just got Wendell Berry's book, Bringing it to's got a forward by Pollan. I am about four sentences into it ... last night was a fall asleep and snore in lieu of reading night ... but it looks great. Let me know if you read it.

(amazon link below)


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