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The Omnivore’s Dilemma Part III: Personal
Charles F. Nelson DeVry University

The Omnivore’s Dilemma Part III: Personal
The book, The Omnivores Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollen, is a much more tangled and thought provoking treatise on American cuisine, than the title even begins to suggest. In chapters 15-17, Pollan skillfully brings us along as he explores the good, bad, risk, and reward of our choice to eat as a Hunter-gatherer. He delves into relationships of this choice that are normally unimagined by the vast majority. He paints the emotion mental turmoil of this decision with illuminating facts and masterful language in a way that exposes somewhat humorous paradox’s that keep us hungering for more of this insightful and exhilarating book.
In these chapters Pollan explores the dilemmas facing us through his own experiences in choosing to eat as a Hunter-gatherer. Using poignant language that unfolds naturally he depicts the risks of gathering or hunting foods from various perspectives. His flowing logic in making his choice is laced generously with support from sources such as Walden, Thoreau, Leopold, Shepard, and others, thus giving credence to the entire process. This thorough, well supported reasoning frequently gives rise to subtle ironies making the American dilemma of eating somewhat laughable and the book all the more fascinating. Pollan keeps the reader mentally engaged and yearning to learn what absurdity the next round of reason might expose regarding our eating dilemma. In his treatment of mushroom hunting you can see his mother warning him that some mushrooms are poisonous as a little boy. Later, that experience affected him when he picked chanterelle and he discarded the mushroom since his field guide left him uncertain. With this tale of the...

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