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Summer Reading 2019: Omnivore's Dilemma

Here's why Stacie suggests Omnivore's Dilemma...

I think I started my first diet when I was about 12 or 13. Food has always been on my mind, but very rarely in a healthy way. I've always been taught ways to 'eat less' instead of 'eat healthier' -- and coming from a working class family meant we ate what we could afford, not always what was best of us. As I've come into my own as an adult I've focused a lot more on what I put into my body as fuel. You've probably at some time heard my advisees make fun of me for being a vegan -- but this book is not about that! It's about taking a step back and looking deeply at the connections between food and society and the industries that support our current eating habits. For this group you can choose to read Michael Pollan's original version or the young readers edition.

About the book

Omnivore's Dilemma
by Michael Pollan

Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man first discovered fire. But, as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore' s Dilemma is changing the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.  - Goodreads

An interview with the author

About the reader

  Stacie Muñoz, Director of Educational Technology

Stacie previously recommended: 

"Rather than reading a specific book, students who choose this as an option will read a YA novel that has been adapted to a film. The idea is to read the book and see the film! Choose one or more!"

And the options included:

  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (in development)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O'Malley (movie trailer)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (movie trailer)
  • Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and  (movie trailer)
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (movie trailer)