I missed last week’s WIR because my husband and I got new
toys phones. As a result there has been much instagraming, friendly competitionin and not a whole lot of reading!
This week I am reading The Omnivore Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. When I first read the title I was a little bit confused (and I still am as I haven’t gotten to that part) when I saw the four meals. I only eat three meals a day, should I be eating four? Does a snack count as a meal? I’m sure all of my questions will be answered in time. I am only part way through the first part of book.
It is a wonderfully written book, I really enjoy reading Michael Pollan’s work. In this book he is working backwards starting with our highly processed food culture working backwards to what our ancestors ate. The first part of the book and the only part I have read so far is an in-depth look at corn and how Americans (and I’m assuming it applies to Canadian’s as well) has surpassed Mexico as the most corn consuming nation. It is surprising to think about because we don’t sit down and eat tons of corn, at least we don’t think we do. But when you get done to it ever one of our processed foods is full of corn. He also talked about the feed lots for cows and how they aren’t designed to live on a diet of grain and he problems the poor cows have from eating so much corn.
I am hoping that the as I get more into the book and he talks about more traditional farms and planting that I don’t feel as horrible about the food that I am eating as I do now. I do have his next book on my shelf waiting for me to read it is called In Defence of Food. It is how we can change the way we are eating one meal at a time. It is taking the information from Dilemma and putting it into practice.
What are you reading this week?
This week I finished a delightful book called The Midwife of Venice. It was an interesting look at the culture of Europe during the 16th century. It is about a Jewish midwife who lived in the ghetto of Venice and is called to help at the birth of a Christian woman. This is forbidden and the book chronicles the events that happen. I loved this book, it was quick and easy read. It is very interesting as it shed some light of some issues that I was only partly aware of like the anti-Semitism that was happening even so long ago. I also loved the portrayal of birth in the book. It was set back in the day before there was lot of medical interventions and midwives were the primary birth attendants. I loved this book and I will read it again sometime (perhaps when there aren’t 12 people ahead of me on the waiting list at the public library!).
I also finished Wild Fermentation this week. I thought it was a great read even though it is classified as a cookbook (or an uncooked book?). It was great, I love Sandor’s commentary through the book on what he learned while making the different ferments. Since I have finished it I have tried two different ferments out of it. I have tried making kimchi and sourdough. I cannot wait to try these. The kimchi is currently still sitting out on my counter bubbling away. It looks really tasty! I am about to go and put my sourdough loaves into the oven. I have tried on several different occasions to make sourdough bread and ever single one of those failed. I am hoping this one will actually work!
This week I am reading The Midwife’s Song and The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved. I am starting to see a trend with my reading! What are you reading this week?
I love books. In my house we have hundreds of books. We have 4 bookshelves stuffed full of books and then we have more books stored in boxes in the basement. I really need to go through and clear out some of them but then it is like getting rid of an old friend.
When I am reading I always try to have a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. This week I am reading 2 books. I am reading Sandor Katz’s first book Wild Fermentation. I am really enjoying it. I like the fact that it is more than just a cook book. He goes into some of the history and social issues behind the fermentation of food. I am only about 40 pages into it but I am really enjoying it. The only thing I don’t like about it is it is larger than a trade paperback book so it is hard to hold it with one hand while I am nursing 🙂
The fiction book that I am reading/was reading I finished it this morning was called Secret Daughter. It was a really wonderful read. I found it a little sad because it is based in India where there is a very large emphasis placed on having a male child. This book chronicles the life of an Indian woman who had a daughter but was forced to give her away to save her life. I found it a little close to home because I have two beautiful little girls and I couldn’t imagine having to give them up. I also found it very interesting since in the new around here there has been several stories of sex selection abortions around the country. Other than the depression nature of the subject this book was very well written and I read it in 2 days, it was that good!
What are you reading?