The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

In this award winning book Michael Pollan teases out big issues from speciously small phenomena. Chicken McNugget, for example, illustrates America’s consumption of corn and, in turn, agribusiness’s oil dependency. In a journey that takes us from an “organic” California chicken farm to Vermont, Pollan asks basic questions about the moral and ecological consequences of our food. Critics agree it’s a wake-up call and, written in clear, informative prose that is also entertaining.