My Favorite Books: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals & One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Anthony Freddura relishes in the opportunity to read a good book. Some of his all time favorites include The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, published in 2006, was written by Michael Pollan. Investigating the foods that make up the average omnivore’s diet, Pollan addressed each of the food chains that create modern diets, including organic food, industrial food, and food that is foraged by individuals.

In his novel, Michael Pollan revealed that much of industrial food is made from corn, which is fed to livestock, processed into sugars, or eaten directly. A main focus of the book, Pollan provides the reader with compelling evidence of our corn-dependent society. The Omnivore’s Dilemma also investigates organic farming, stating finally, we “eat by the grace of nature, not industry.” The Omnivore’s Dilemma enjoyed acclaim and created controversy as well, the secret recipe to any successful publication.

Alternatively, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest represents a very different kind of book. Written by Ken Kesey, an iconic writing figure of the 1960’s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest delved into the inner workings of the human mind and the strange realities of the institutional asylum process. Later turned into a film, which won five Academy Awards, the novel has gathered heavy acclaim since its publication, and remains a classic piece of 1960s literature.

Other books by Ken Kesey include Sometimes a Great Notion, Caverns, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round, a novel co-written by Kevin Babbs.