Michael Pollan, food essayist

If you’re interested in the topic of food and how it relates to contemporary human society you might be interested to read the works of Michael Pollan. I was first introduced to his work through his book “The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World,” which has a chapter each on apples, potatoes, cannabis, and tulips, exploring the interdependence of humans and plants.

His website has access to many of the articles he’s written for newspapers and popular magazines. Here’s two of my favorite:

The Modern Hunter-Gatherer
Unhappy Meals

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About Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is a project cataloger at The Mariners' Museum library. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and was formerly a professor at ODU. You can find him on Twitter @m4ttTh0mps0n.
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4 Responses to Michael Pollan, food essayist

  1. his writing is both relevant and powerful!

  2. Matthew Thompson says:

    Have you read “The Omnivore’s Delimma”?

  3. Erika Primdahl says:

    That’s why No Reservations is so interesting. Well- i guess the people and places contribute to the watch-ability but it’s so interesting to see how food reflects cultures: what is available in the community, dining habits in a lot of European countries are BIG dishes surrounded by friends and family because they value family and relationships. ANYWAY. Food and culture go hand-in-hand. YUM! Ill have to check it out. 🙂

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