The Omnivores Dilemma Summary

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In part three of Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivores Dilemma, he describes how he’s determined to create a meal that is self-made entirely of things he has grown, hunted or foraged. In the third part of his book, he wants to challenge his readers’ assumptions about the skills needed to hunt and forage our food, educated ourselves regard to why farm animals shouldn’t be dismissed as automatons, and what makes the perfect American meal. He writes that, “there are far to many of us and not nearly enough of them” (279), pointing out in this statement that since the human species increased, their wouldn’t be enough land to feed our growing population or we wouldn’t have the knowledge to do so. To begin, he introduces the idea of how we lost our cultural roots of hunting /foraging our…show more content…
In the last chapter Pollan explains how the perfect meal is entirely made up of fresh ingredients that are non-processed and are high filled with vitamins. Pollan describes the steps in achieving the perfect meal thought-out his narration: 1.) Everything on the menu must have been hunted, gathered, or grown by me. 2.) The menu should feature at least one representative of each edible kingdom: animal, vegetable, and fungus, as well as an edible mineral (the salt). 3.) Everything served must be in season and fresh. The meal would reflect not only the places that supplied its ingredients, but a particular moment in time. 4.) No money may be spend on the meal, though already purchased items in the pantry could be deployed as needed. 5.) The quest list is limited to those people who helped me in my foraging and their significant others […]. 6.) I would cook the meal myself. (Pollan 392) This passage states that to be able to reach his perfect meal he would have some high expectations in what he is able to use and how it would be prepared. To conclude his main claim he ends part three by describing how

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