Last week I attended a night of Ideas at the House with Michael Pollan – the venue Sydney’s beautiful Opera House – the topic ‘How to Eat’.
In preparation I read In Defence of Food, started The Botany of Desire and checked out his website.
Thanks to my research I didn’t really learn anything new about Michael Pollan’s views on food, but he is a very entertaining speaker and it was a pleasure to listen to him in person (we had great seats only 10 rows back from the stage!)
If I’d had a chance to read further through The Botany of Desire, I would have asked Michael how his wild apple seeds were fairing as his chapter on the history of the apple was incredibly fascinating. I found myself quoting it to Mr Books and friends whenever they gave me an opening.
I also made the mistake of taking In Defence of Food on holidays with me! The long-suffering Mr Books was treated to several soap-box harangues about food, politics and the environment that decreased in coherence as the intake of pool-side cocktails increased!
I am definitely a convert to the cause of eating well, ethically and responsibly. It’s a no-brainer really. Pollan’s research (and many others) also clearly shows the health benefits for us and for the other animals and plants with which we share our planet.
The hard part will be convincing two teenage stepchildren the advantages for them in eating more fruit and vegetables!!
And finally, a few random words from Pollan, from the other night…
“TV is designed to pin you to the couch – it is not motivational. We watch more sport and cooking shows than we play sport or cook!”
“We eat and shop thoughtlessly, unconsciously. By devoting more time – asking questions, growing our own food – paying more attention to our food and the process of preparing food – it’s not a hardship; it’s a pleasure.”
“Quality not quantity.“