The other instant bestseller of interest out yesterday is Michael Pollan's Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation [Kindle]. It's his seventh book and, yes, we've been here before with other authors, but as a nature writer Pollan is going to make his usual interesting connections between your kitchen and the wider world.
At least all his success has not co-opted his straight talk. From a chat with New York:
"So you’ve been disappointed in the Obamas?
"I’m disappointed. I think she’s done some very positive things. She’s elevated the conversation. The planting of the garden at the White House was a powerful step... I think that the rest of the administration has been very disappointing—in the East Wing they get it, not in the West Wing so much. They’ve backed off whenever challenged. Even voluntary marketing guidelines have been shot down. Voluntary guidelines! There has been more support for farm to school, there have been some improvements in lunch programs. But it’s not what we needed or what we hoped for."
For more disappointment, read this story posted today about the Obama administration rolling back USDA's oversight of the nation's biggest chicken and turkey slaughterhouses.