So I was hoping for a pretty widget where I could put a list of blog-relevant books that would just take you to a pretty amazon list, but so far none of of them has worked. If you know how to put one on a wordpress blog, let me know.
I’ve been meaning to put a list together of book recommendations that are, at least, tangentially related to this blog. Not recommendations in the sense of “this book is great and will change your life” so much as “this has a viewpoint/some information that is worth considering.”
One thing I find troublesome is how often people close themselves off from information that may contradict their current opinions/beliefs. Whole threads on message boards where people dismiss Gary Taubes’ work and not one single person has read his book. People who completely dismiss any talk of fat acceptance and who ‘refuse’ to read Gina Kolata, Glenn Gaesser or Paul Campos – they’ll happily tell you what they think these writers believe and go to town knocking that down, but they can’t be bothered to read a word of it.
This doesn’t mean I think people have to read every. single. book written on a subject before forming an opinion. Nor do I have a problem with people making choices based on what they know of the author or reviews of a book. Hey, you don’t care what a lawyer thinks about obesity? Awesome. I don’t care what about some general MD’s theory about ‘toxic fats’ or ‘toxic hunger’ that has absolutely no scientific support. But, if you have some time and a library card, there’s absolutely no harm in actually becoming acquainted with a myriad of ideas.
So with the idea that knowledge is power, I’m putting together a list of books I’ve read that relate to fat, food, science and health. These are all books that I’ve read and, eventually, I’ll review most of them here.
As I said above, these are all books whose ideas I think are worth consideration and no matter where you personally fall on the various spectrums of ideas wrt fat and health, it’s good to read something that doesn’t totally line up with your current beliefs.
So what books do you not see on my list that you think I should read? There might be a few that I have read and just forgotten, but give me some recommendations and I’ll add them as I read them. One thing though, I don’t care to read fad diet books. Unless you can give me a really good reason for why one is different (like, it doesn’t promise ridiculous results or rely on “studies” that consist of all the people the author tells you succeeded on their program) then don’t bother.