This book represents one of two epiphanies I’ve experienced this year. Both involve discovering something I’ve been ignorant of most of my life, but relied on heavily nonetheless. In this case the discovery is an entity crucial to my daily survival – the food chain that sustains me. It’s very revealing of our powers of denial that we can live in both complete dependence and complete ignorance of something in our daily experience. More astounding yet is that our food chain depends on us as well, and the choices we make. Yet I’ve made these choices throughout my life with nearly no understanding of their origins or consequences. I think most of us do. One reason is that the choices are quite difficult, presenting us with The Omnivore’s Dilemma. This book provides an essential step forward by making the dilemma a conscious one.