Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt: 10/18/13
In Kosher Nation by Sue Fishkoff I read that in the 1960s an estimated 90% of food consumed by American was processed. Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl takes that thought to the extreme, imagining a near future where (at least in what remain of Texas), all food is created by the factory. Imagine a culture and economy based on paste production and consumption.
Naomi, the titular character, can see that a world built around paste doesn't make any sense. She decides to follow her heart and discover the truth behind the factory. Of course anyone familiar with the expression "ready for the glue factory" won't exactly be surprised by what she finds — but there are a few other eye opening details left for discovery.
Although the writing is a little rough around the edges, it reads like a blend of George Orwell (for the dystopian allegory) and Roald Dahl.