Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two Absolute Must Read Books

I read a lot and since I decided to open the restaurant and start this blog, I spend most of my time reading food and health related books, blogs, magazines etc. There is an abundance of information out there, and depending on the source some of it is contradictory.

Two books that I have read recently and love, are Food Rules, by Michael Pollan and Organic Manifesto by Maria Rodale. Both books are easy reads and inspiring. Both have suggestions for simple things we can all do to be healthier.

Food Rules is written as guide book and is broken down in to three sections and a total of sixty-four points or "Rules" of what and how to eat.  You can read this book in any order. I have randomly chosen pages to read. All of the "Rules" are easy to try and are pretty common sense, but I think a lot of us have forgotten as we move though our busy days. Two of my favorites are Rule #21 "It's not food if it is called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles.)" and Rule #27 "Eat animals that have themselves eaten well." Number 27 really hits home for me. Why would I want to eat something that was sick or diseased? That grosses me out.

In Organic Manifesto, Maria Rodale makes the case for organic farming. She shares how chemical farming came in to existence, what happens to the soil, animals, and humans when this method is used and after years of research at the Rodale Institute she shares how organic farming beats, yes that's beats, chemical farming.

I hope you will check both books out. Gain more knowledge about how your food is produced. The only way we can change the system is by what we buy.

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