The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat
Michael Pollan, , adapted by Richie Chevat. . Dial, $17.99 (298pp) ISBN 978-0-8037-3415-9
This youth-friendly version of Pollan's bestseller, with updated facts, assorted visuals and a new introduction and afterword, is as enlightening as it is accessible. The adaptation uses the same “four meal” format of the original book, as Pollan describes the impact of humans' heavy corn consumption, explores the organic food industry, takes part in the system of farming practiced at Polyface Farm and hunts mushrooms and wild pigs. Much of the appeal lies in Pollan's hands-on methods and sensitive articulations as he assists readers in navigating the complexities of the production and consumption of food. Conscientious readers will grasp the important lessons. Ages 10–up.
Reviewed on: 09/07/2009