This month's Smithsonian magazine includes a conversation between two of the biggest names in food writing: Michael Pollan and Ruth Reichl. Pollen is perhaps best known for his 2006 book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma." Reichl is the former editor of Gourmet magazine.
Their conversation covers an assortment of food-related topics, but among them are the books that inspired Reichl and Pollan. Below is a reading list of the works discussed:
"The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair, 1906
"Diet for a Small Planet" by Frankie Lappé, 1971
"The Unsettling of America" by Wendell Berry, 1996
"Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser, 2001
“Power Steer," New York Times Magazine article by Michael Pollan, 2002
"Accounting for Taste," Smithsonian article by Tom Vanderbilt, 2013
Pollan also says the work of Thoreau and Emerson was a starting point for how he thought about nature. And, of course, Reichl asks Pollan about his latest book "Cooked."
Now, if we could only find a link to the 1999 Gourmet profile of The French Laundry founder Thomas Keller…