"The Omnivore's Dilemma", written even before the last decade is a very long love letter for food. In this book, Micheal brings up the central question regarding the food: What should we really eat for a healthy life? The Dilemma occurs because there are lot of things we could afford now and a deluge of advertisements of foods claiming to be wonderful/ organic/ grass-fed / freshly grown fills our supermarkets, it is really difficult to pick and choose now.
It is here where Michael makes his central point. Food was never a product before, our ancestors considered various foods as gifts of Gods, respected them for what they are and maintained a healthy relationship with the animals and plants living in their vicinity. The advent of capitalism and the drive to maintain profits forced the farmers to become mono-cultured and also unsustainable because of the Nitrogen coming from petrochemicals.
I saw an advertisement a couple of months back that boasts "No Cook November" from one of the food-tech & delivery startup in India. This sickened me, not only we are the far away from plants or animals now, we are also deluded into thinking that cooking is not even necessary. Micheal's discussions about corn, animal meat and mushrooms points precisely at events like this where we would not feel & appreciate the wonderful co-evolutionary relationship between all the life on the Earth. This book is a celebration of that intimacy. You should read, if you are remotely interested in how food transforms from sunlight to our plates!