Of pigs and men

It’s taken me a few months to finish reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, but it was worth it. At first—especially while reading the first part of the book, about the industrial food chain—I thought the book was going to make me completely disgusted at anything I’d ever eat, but as my reading progressed I realized the result was quite the opposite.

Yes, I’ve become more self-conscious about eating random stuff picked from a vending machine (although I’d already abandoned that habit in the past couple of years), but my taste for food was in no way diminished by the experience. And neither was my taste for pig. I also enjoyed, in the last chapter, the way Pollan links his “perfect meal” to the land, sea, even the urban environment of Northern California.

One of my favorite lines:

The acorn-fed pig is a walking, snorting manifestation of the oak.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, III.20.2 (Kindle location 6357).

The only problem now might be that I will not know what to eat the next time I travel to the United States—I’d like to avoid gaining five kilos like I did when I was there last year in the fall.