The Omnivore’s Dilemma – All about the Corn
Non-fiction books for me need to be based on un-twisted facts; no sugar coating or conveniently left out information. While humor is often appreciated in more serious or less interesting subjects; the truth should not be diluted or altered in order to sway the reader’s beliefs or opinions. Sound research, interesting subject and a clear explanation are important to me when I read non-fiction. The book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, was not able to hold my attention for more than a few paragraphs. The national eating disorder of which this book is supposed to be explaining seems to have been lost to the subject of corn. We still don’t know after reading part one, what we should eat for dinner.
While the facts are there in regards to corn and how many products we use corn in or are a product of corn; the eating disorder does not seem to be the main focus in the first ...view middle of the document...
The national eating disorder goes beyond having too many choices at the supermarket. Knowing that corn is in many of the things we eat and use does not help us to know ways to improve our diets or general eating habits.
Everything from the molecular structure to how we first came to know of corn was explained. While this is mildly interesting it still deters from what should have been the main focus of the books first chapters. Knowing that many of the foods we eat have corn in them or that corn was fed to the meat they are eating does not help me know why the national eating disorder exists and how to help solve the problem. In the end, we are still stuck with the same foods to choose from. Should there be a few paragraphs dedicated to things like portion control, low sugar content and a more active lifestyle? Yes, there should have been some mention of those things within the first part of this book. Have your Dr. Pepper or that Twinkie that has corn in it, in some indestructible form, but don’t make it a part of your daily food consumption.
Part one was all about corn, where it came from, the molecular structure and how many products the plant is used for. The book is titled, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. This begs the question, “Where are you going with this?” Part one should have focused more on the national eating crisis and less on the history and uses for corn. The subject of corn is a dull one, but made somewhat tolerable by Pollan’s unique way of seeking knowledge and putting his experiences on paper.
This book was extremely difficult for me to get through. Pollan’s vocabulary and way of describing what he was seeing while farming a field were exemplary however; the subject of corn was the main focus in part one and this was a mistake. The national eating crisis is still left a mystery. However, readers know all about corn. The subject of Part one (corn) is less than exciting. The facts were present and well organized however, the explanation of what should have been the national eating crisis, was replaced by the history and uses for corn. All things said for part one of, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, this book earns a six out of ten.