1. “The Botany of Desire” is one of my all time favorite books. Who knew apples could be so interesting. I almost picked up the Cod book at the library the other day, after reading your assessment I will return and check it out.

    • Hi strawberryindigo – thanks for stopping by! As I said in the post, I loved “Botany” and I wasn’t kidding about Pollan as a speaker. I just recently saw him speak on tour for “Food Rules” and he was funny, engaging, and personable. Some of his stories about being hounded by the agro-food industry are harrowing…

      And yes, by all means, grab a copy of “Cod” and “Salt”, too, if you can. The two read back-to-back are great!

  2. Anonymous


    I wouldn’t touch any of these. Try “Inside the Neolthic Mind”, the best introduction to Religion I’ve ever seen. And of course “Liberal Fascism”, which corrects the great misunderstand that Hitler and Mussolini were NOT Leftists. And, on the Science front, “Darwin’s Black Box”, everything you need to know about the religious beliefs of the Neo-Darwinists and the argument in favor of Intelligent design.

    • Hmm…let’s see. My list: rational political discussion, ecology, food, science, food science, history, travel.

      Your list: religion, right-wing revisionist history, and a defense of the Intelligent Design movement.

      I think I’ll stick to mine. But, hey, thanks for stopping by.

  3. I can’t believe you didn’t include ‘One Good Turn’ from Witold Rybczynski about the natural history of the screw driver and the screw, which is a favorite of mine that you gave me in 2003. I am, of course, basing that on my observation that some of the people that are commenting on your blog have a few of them loose and seem to be in dire need of tightening.

    • You, sir, are a scholar and a gentleman. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

      And, you’re right, I was remiss in not mentioning Rybczynski’s amazing book. Thanks for the reminder! Next blog post: “The TWENTY non-fiction Titles that Changed My Life” (and the three that didn’t).

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