My Reading List
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I’m just about ready to move on from the food books, but decided on one last session.
I have not been able to get In Defense of Food at the library and finally broke down and bought it, because I’m considering giving it to someone and decided I could just buy it and read it and then give it away and that would be fine. I started it the other night and it seems like Michael Pollan and I had similar reading lists for our projects, many of the things he quotes sound very familiar. So far I’m liking the discussion of Nutritionism very much.
While at Nice Price looking to see if I could get a used copy of In Defense of Food, I came across Mindless Eating, which one of my friends highly recommended, so I got that. And my eye was also caught by The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker. Chick lit tends to make me pull my hair out, and the quote from Jennifer Weiner on the cover almost made me put it back, but I decided to get it anyway.
I started it yesterday and took the bus to Chapel Hill was standing there trying to get the fare box to take my dollar and the driver said, “You’re not fat. Why are you reading that?”
I’ll be sure to remember that the next time I’m at the beach.
I’m looking forward to finishing the food and health books so I can move on to my new area of interest, which is how we ended up with gross processed food as norm and cooking from scratch as this crazy thing that no one has time for. This is connected to all kinds of things — industrialization, the rise of consumerism, gender politics, and the feminist movement, to name but a few — and I’m starting to build a new reading list to cover all of that (including Building a Housewife’s Paradise, which I picked up from my friends at UNC Press and which I can’t wait to read). So hopefully I’ll have interesting things to say about some of that before too long.
Still planning on writing up some overview info about food and cooking and health. And if everyone everywhere would stop asking me for things, it would go a lot faster. But so far I’ve been entirely unsuccessful at making people go away.