I have been reading away diligently attempting to make a dent in the 50 books that I promised myself that I would read over the next 1001 days, and have noticed a trend in the books that I choose. The books that I tend to favor have been memoirs that focus mainly on what people eat. I have found that food is used as a tool. Everyone eats, so usually it is what bonds people from wherever they’re from.
Lets call it the Cuisine Connection. (gasp)
I saw the Cuisine Connection in Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, and in Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes. These memoirs focus (if only in sections) on how food brings people together in love and can sometimes heal the deepest wounds brought on by life.
Two other books that I have read are The Butcher and the Vegetarian: One Woman’s Romp Through a World of Men, Meat, and Moral Crisis and Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France. These hungry women are searching for something. In the Butcher and the Vegetarian, Tara is searching for the perfect balance in her diet. Growing up a vegetarian she has a hard time with the idea of eating meat, the book is very informational. A lot of the information she uses comes from Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a book that I desperately want to read. I have had it sitting by my bed for weeks. Every time that I pick it up to read it I get nervous. After watching Food, Inc., I have been hesitant about eating meat at all, you could say that I am going through my own ethical and moral food dilemma! Tara has some wonderful information and has made be a strong believer in buying local and spending the extra cash on organic meat. For every extra dollar you spend on it, you know they had a much better life.
All of these book have been excellent. I highly recommend them all!
What have you been reading lately?