Our selection of ebook releases (4/5/2013)
How much of what we eat today hasn’t been transformed with additives and preservatives along the way, eventually looking like nothing that could have possibly grown from soil? Processed food has largely taken over, and the contemporary American diet is unfortunately mostly composed of industrial food.
Journalist and former New York Times staff reporter, Melanie Warner chose to tackle this subject in Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal.
A lot of books dealing with food and agriculture were released in the recent years. Do you feel this is a long-term education, that people need to be prepared to accept those facts in order to change their behaviour also in the long term?
When I first started covering the food industry I was stunned by just how technical and complex so many of the foods we eat have become, and how little we know of this as a society. I wrote this book because I wanted to take people into the fascinating and sometimes scary world of food science and industrial processing, showing them how far removed so many of our favorite foods are from their natural state. Hopefully this book is one among many telling the story of where our food comes from and how our food systems operate. This knowledge is essential for people who want to have a more conscious, and ultimately healthier, approach to eating. Overall, I think it’s a slow process because changing the way you eat isn’t easy, but there’s evidence that so many Americans are now waking up the idea that we can’t blindly trust giant food corporations to do our cooking.
This week, we learned that Scottish science-fiction author Iain M. Banks was struggling with terminal gall bladder cancer. He will however release a new novel in the forthcoming months, and in the meantime, you can catch on the Culture cycle with several titles available on our platform.
Last week, the winner of the Philip K. Dick award was announced: Brian Francis Slattery for his post-apocalyptic novel Lost Everything. The Philip K. Dick Award rewards the best original paperback published each year in the US.
The rest of our weekly picks include four very different titles, with a memoir “from the Middle East to the Lower East Side”, the third book in the Glamourist Histories written by Mary Robinette Kowal, the 2nd adventure of Frieda Klein in the eponymous series written by Nicci French, and the latest beautiful novel by American author James Salter.