Archive for March, 2007


Book suggestions

There is an abundance of books on the market that deal with food, dieting and staying healthy.  The people at have come up with a selection of books that attempt to explain where our food is coming from (just a hint: it is not the grocery store). ;)  One of them is the Omnivore’s Dilemma, which has been reviewed here before.  Another is Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.  I have not read this book yet, but I hear good reviews from it.  I have placed the movie in my Blockbuster Queue (I know, that’s cheating a little).  Grist gives some recommendations on a few other books like The Way We Eat by Peter Singer and Organic, Inc by Samuel Fromartz.  I figure with spring and summer fast approaching, it’s time to start looking for some good books to read at the beach or the park.  You can get to the article via this link.


Year and day of the pig

The Chinese new year began on February 18th. This is the year of the Pig. It is considered to be a very lucky year for those born during it, and would-be parents are timing their pregnancies to ensure that they have a child this year. The believe is that children born in the year of the pig will possess the same desirable traits that a pig exhibits, such as being, fat, happy and prosperous. Hospitals in China are being bombarded with so many new babies that they have had to increase their staff and facilities.

It just so happens that March 1 is also National Pig Day. (I’m a day late) It was started by a Texas school teacher to honor our most intelligent domesticated animal. These smart and social animals have very unique personality traits and emotions. They are curious, insightful, loyal and friendly as well. Many studies have show that they are as intelligent as some primates species.

With a whole year and a day dedicated to this wonderful animal, why not give them a break and cut pork out of your diet for awhile? There are a ton of pork/meat substitute products on the market nowadays. You will probably not even notice that you’re not eating meat (especially if there is sauce involved). Below you will find a list of my favorite meat substitutes.

Veggie Burgers - Dr. Praeger’s or TJ brand tofu burgers. These can also be ground up to make a ground beef substitute. (can be found at T.J.’s)

Veggie Sausage- Tofurky (can be found at T.J.’s and most supermarkets)

Veggie Hotdogs- Quorn (can be found at most supermarkets)

Veggie Corn Dogs- Morningstar (can be found at most supermarkets)

Veggie Chicken- Quorn Products (can be found at most supermarkets)

Veggie Chorizo- Soyrizo (can be found at most supermarkets)

Veggie Meatballs- Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs (T.J.’s )

Veggie Ground Beef- Morningstar Farms Crumbles (can be found at most supermarkets)

He and his book have been profiled on wannaveg in the past.  Here is an interview that Mackenzie Carpenter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had with him.  I encourage everyone that is interested in their health or where their food comes from to read this book.  It will make you think about how your food got to you table…

Michael Pollan’s most recent book, "The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," appeared on almost every top-ten-best-book list of 2006 and has been nominated for a National Book Award. Monday he’ll be in Pittsburgh, appearing at the Carnegie Music Hall for the Drue Heinz Lecture series.

In "The Omnivore’s Dilemma," Mr. Pollan takes us on a journey through our nation’s food supply to ask: What should we be eating at the dawn of the 21st Century? And how will the food we eat impact our survival as a species? To answer that question, he explores the origins of four meals: organic; fast food; sustainably grown from a small Virginia farm; and a hunter-scavenger repast with ingredients Mr. Pollan shot or foraged himself. It’s a compelling story of where food comes from, and why it matters.

Mr. Pollan is a Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley. He is also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.

Last week, we spoke with Mr. Pollan from his home in Berkeley.

Q: What are you going to talk about at the Drue Heinz Lectures?

A: I’m going to be talking about the journey that culminated in the book, and what’s happened since. I’m going to talk about what I mean by the omnivore’s dilemma, that term, and just how Americans came to be so confused by what is really a very simple matter — one that most creatures have no trouble deciding — which is what they should eat. How did the food system become so complicated? How did we become so confused, and how we might begin to untie that knot of confusion?

And I want to take the listener on a journey through the different food chains I’ve been exploring.

Continue reading at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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