My summer reading has so far consisted entirely fo reading books about food. Maybe it's because I haven't had much chance to cook lately (though the tacos I whipped up over the weekend were damn good). Or maybe it's because there's just a bunch of great foodie books hitting the shelves, prompting me to pay hardcover prices in airport bookstores.
I'll have a big set of food book reviews coming up shortly. One I haven't yet cracked is Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History in Four Meals. This book prompted one of the funniest things I've read on the Web in awhile, Jason Kottke's plea for advice from Mr. Pollan:
"then there was the fist-fight at the greenmarket about the sausage that Meg suspected was not humanely made because the woman selling it did not know the names of the pigs that supplied the meat. "Just one name, you heartless bitch!" she screamed as security escorted her from Union Square."
And Anthony Bourdain is out and about, ceaselessly pontificating on food issues with candor and lots of profanity. This is a good thing. There's a great interview here which includes multiple tirades on topics as diverse as Woody Harrelson and the ludicrous anti-foie gras movement: "What pisses me off right now, what gets me hot under the collar, is people getting worked up about force-feeding ducks. They're force-feeding people [at Guantanamo Bay] and it seems inappropriate to be worrying about a dead duck."
The Web's filled with countless food blogs as well, but the one that's really been shining lately is the new all-food-all-the-time Megnut.
I think I need to go get some lunch now.