A couple weeks ago I got a wicked case of food poisoning from an un-named (but highly themed big top) restaurant on Broadway Street in Saratoga Springs, NY.
It got me really thinking more about what we're putting into our bodies and the safety of that both short-and-long term.
So I rented the movie Food, Inc....and sobbed throughout the entire film (hubs said I was hallucinating and talking crazy in my sleep that night, too, which is something I never do). It's a raw look at what's happening with factory farming and the predatory, hostile methods used by the companies that own those farms. It's hard to watch (not because it's gory), but I implore you to do so.
I also recommend a practical book called The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. Yes, Alicia Silverstone the one who played the hilarious air-head Cher in Clueless. But she's actually quite credible in this book and she's passionate about the cause. She does an excellent job explaining the myriad benefits of a vegan and macrobiotic diet. Plus there are great recipes and wonderful photography in the book.
I read Diet for a New America a few years ago and it's great. In fact, I need to re-read it myself. The author, John Robbins, goes into detail about all the perils of factory farming including harm to the animals, the planet, and the people who eat it.
I am currently reading In Defense of Food and loving it. Michael Pollen call to action is "eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
I'm striving to eat better (in season, locally, whole, organically), but please don't call me out when you see me eating a grilled cheese or a hot fudge sundae.
We like to go out to eat quite a bit, but I'm pretty freaked out about the food poisoning incident and just not knowing where the food inside of restaurants is coming from. If you have suggestions for great restaurants that focus on locally-grown, organic foods, please let me know! 'Til then, I'll probably be a cooking fool!