July 16, 2010

Staff Picks: Steak and Fish

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Sitting in the midst of summer, food is generally a hot topic as cooking becomes more of a regular occasion (grilling out, picnics, etc.). Two books landed on my desk that admittedly made my mouth water, while imagining the business implications likely addressed within.

Mark Schatzker's Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef is less a business book and more an analysis on the differing approaches to raising, preparing, and serving beef between seven countries/regions. While reading, you'll learn a lot about culture, history, and general culinary practice, but within these stories, there's a lot to be said about how industries have taken unique routes within each of these regions. An interesting read, but maybe not for vegetarians...

Paul Greenberg's Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food takes a much more economical view of things, detailing how the ocean has been affected to the point of limiting its fish output, to the rise in urban fisheries, creating a scenario where the future has our children's children never eating a fish that actually came from the ocean. It's not all politics, though. Four Fish is a great case study about how entrepreneurs in different countries are addressing problems of pollution, etc. and creating sustainability in as natural a way as possible. Fascinating stuff, and I'm personally glad to know that tuna and salmon will be coming my way for years to come.

Two great reads for the summer!

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.