What I Read Wednesday – 100 Million Years of Food by Stephen Le


This book will be released on February 2, 2016. I received a copy through NetGalley.

100 Million Years of Food is a study of the history of food and what our ancestors ate through the centuries. Part history book, part travel, the author talks about traveling the world, experiencing all sorts of different cuisines, and studying how these cuisines helped our health.

He starts with insects, which is a bit gross for my taste, but he really makes a compelling argument for why we might want to include them in our diets. Other subjects are touched on as well, including fruit, meat and fish.

The author comes to the same conclusion as Michael Pollan in In Defense of Food and Food Rules: eat what your grandparents ate and nothing they wouldn’t recognize. He goes on to add a few more specific rules as well. Get more exercise and sun. Eat sustainably. Don’t do fad diets. And finally, eat less meat when you’re young and more when you’re old.

If you enjoy history and reading about food, this is definitely a book you should pick up.

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