My next pick for a food book review was Mark Bittman's "A Bone to Pick." I was excited about this book. I have a few of Mark's cookbooks and liked his simple style and easy ideas for everyday meals. Now, this pick is far from a cookbook. It is a compilation of all this of all his op-ed pieces from the NY Times. I haven't read much of his editorial work, so I didn't know too much of what to expect with this one. My goal was to gain some perspective on his ideas about food safety, diets, use of corn every where, and other hot topics in the food community etc. He highlights some pretty controversial ideas, which I often go back and forth on my own opinions about. For instance, GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Oh boy, so this is a hot topic in the Bay Area. But you can find all sorts of articles on why GMOs are terrible and why they are beneficial. How the hell am I supposed to form my own opinion on this stuff? I often struggle with the wealth of information that is out there.
This book is very well written and researched. With that, I kinda struggled through reading most of it. Each chapter stands alone, so it was easy to take up and put down, but the book was a little rantie and dry. I felt a little bullied even, like there was only one way to think of each topic and if you didn't you weren't the cool kid. I was hoping for maybe some more thoughtful and personal stories Mark could share with the reader, but I was disappointed. I honestly skipped around a lot because I couldn't stay focused. I wish I could say more, but I think I'll stick with the author's cookbooks from now on.
Onto my next pick! I think I'll stick with the cookbooks next time.
FTC disclaimer : I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are, as always, my own and I was not required to give a favorable review.