Book Reviews

APRIL 2019

I Think, Therefore I Eat: The World’s Greatest Minds Tackle the Food Question by Martin Cohen

A very readable, approachable book on all things food and what to eat, grounded in some philosophy, based on Renée Descartes’s, ‘I think, therefore I am. Cohen takes on modern issues of food (bread, chocolate!) and its ingredients (salt, sugar) and diet trends (paleo, fasting), and applies wisdom from philosophers. He argues that we need to approach what we eat in a moderate way, and to not be overly prescriptive about what to eat. He has three rules: The first is that details matter in that we need to understand from nutritional evidence and arguments and from that, make solid decisions based on sound information. The second rule is that everything connects with food. Food sits in systems and there are many pieces to that system that connect. We need to keep that in mind when we think about food. The third rule is “don’t mess with the crystal vase.” Meaning, if you don’t know the consequences, don’t act so quickly. If you don’t have all the information, proceed with caution. The book is a pretty easy read and I personally like the injection of historical philosophical nuances. It is not overly science-based, and focuses on eating healthy (ie in his mind, how to not get obese). While, I don’t agree with everything Short argues for scientifically, it is overall, informative.

Film and TV Reviews

APRIL 2019

Chef’s Table, Netflix

If you haven’t watched Chef’s Table on Netflix, you are missing out. Even the first episode of season 1 with the great Massimo Bottura is inspirational. I highly recommend watching this show if you are into cooking, what drives innovation in the kitchen, and what inspires individuals who are reshaping the food landscape.