How the Yanks are hooked on corn

This is definitely on my Christmas wishlist. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan shows how corn and oil drive the American food industry. Of all the 45,000 products typically stocked in a supermarket there, over a quarter contain corn.

From the Washington Post review as quoted on Amazon:

“Corn is in everything from frozen yogurt to ketchup, from mayonnaise and mustard to hot dogs and bologna, from salad dressings to vitamin pills. ‘Tell me what you eat,’ said the French gastronomist Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, ‘and I will tell you what you are.’ We’re corn.” 

Thirteen of the 38 ingredients of a Chicken McNugget are basically corn, says Pollan. Here’s a tip, America. Get some raw chicken (preferably free-range). Chop it up. Coat the pieces in egg. Dip in breadcrumbs. Cook. No corn involved. Unless the chicken was corn-fed, which wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Anyway, the book looks superb. Can’t wait to read it.


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