Friday, January 25, 2013

Snow Day

Everything is cancelled today because it's snowing and we're expecting a few inches in Northern Virginia. The list of cancellations includes our traditional Friday dinner with friends. It was our turn to cook this week, and I was planning on writing about that, but it will have to wait for next Friday.

Instead of preparing dinner for six, I'm enjoying the world's laziest heirloom tomato and fresh basil sandwich with a Fuji apple, and catching up on some reading. We swung by the library this morning before the snow started and I checked out Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma (finally getting around to reading this one!), and Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating by Mark Bittman.

I've been curious about food for a long time from a nutrition and health perspective, but reading Pollan's In Defense of Food last year stoked that fire, and gave me some new avenues to explore including the social and environmental impacts of industrialized food, growing food and learning where it originates, and the local food movement, to name a few.

In Defense of Food is currently at the top of my must-read list for anyone interested in some of the history behind the current state of our modern food system in America, as well as setting some new practical ground rules for choosing what to eat. He also wrote a sort of condensed version of In Defense called Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, which I haven't read yet, but is said to be a distilled-down version of the former, with lots of pictures. That one might be good to check out if you don't have a lot of time to read or just want the major points.

Anyway, back to reading. Stay warm, all.

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