Media: A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams

Did you think we could get through an entire issue of Grid without mentioning Michael Pollan in our media section? Maybe next month.  Best-known for his work on food politics, Michael Pollan’s second book, A Place of My Own (1998, reissued in 2008), focuses on architecture and building, documenting his efforts to construct the titular place of his own.

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Review: Food Rules: An Eaters Manual

Food Rules is basically the CliffsNotes version of Michael Pollan’s last two books—The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. But that’s not a diss: This little collection of tips and food facts offers plenty of practical, distilled information. Even for committed Pollan-ites, it’s a quick, breezy refresher, and a nice motivation for re-commitment to whole foods and sustainable eating. 
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Book Review: the Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma
by Michael Pollan
Penguin, 2006 $26.95

When The Omnivore’s Dilemma came out in ’06, it was not the first book to take a look at our industrial food system with a critical eye, but it quickly became one of the most well-known. Part of that is due to the interesting structure of the book, where Pollan reports on the origins four different meals available in America: factory-farmed fast food, mass-produced but technically organic fare, small production beyond organic goods, and even hunting and gathering a meal.
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