Favorite Books About Eating

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
Pollan is a journalist curiously following four meals from source to table. I learned so much. This book shook up my entire worldview. Seriously, I got scared a few chapters in because I knew I was not going to be the same person when I finished.

French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
Not about diets, this is a book about food as a relationship. It's unavoidable so how do you keep it healthy? How do you maintain passion, boundaries, pleasure, fulfillment? And balance it all with your other responsibilities and relationships? I am indebted to this professional foodie for mentoring me in my own relationship with food.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto also by Michael Pollan
I especially love the background on "healthy diets" in American culture. So much historical insight here. Who knew the Puritans' influence would reach so far?

Cerealizing America: The Unsweetened Story of American Breakfast Cereal by Scott Bruce and Bill Crawford
Written like a documentary, but so much fun. Oh, the crazy stories!

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
A poignant novel about power, sex, control, loneliness, gender roles, misogyny, independence, and food. Gave me a glimpse into the world of eating disorders.

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