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In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food
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What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The... show more
What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore's Dilemma. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." These "edible foodlike substances" are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false or misleading. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by "nutrients," and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Michael Pollan's sensible and decidedly counterintuitive advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Writing In Defense of Food, and affirming the joy of eating, Pollan suggests that if we would pay more for better, well-grown food, but buy less of it, we'll benefit ourselves, our communities, and the environment at large. Taking a clear-eyed look at what science does and does not know about the links between diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about the question of what to eat that is informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the prevailing nutrient-by-nutrient approach. In Defense of Food reminds us that, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, the solutions to the current omnivore's dilemma can be found all around us. In looking toward traditional diets the world over, as well as the foods our families-and regions-historically enjoyed, we can recover a more balanced, reasonable, and pleasurable approach to food. Michael Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives and enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781594201455 (1594201455)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 205
Edition language: English
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Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
3.0 In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
"Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much" (p. 1*). This is Michael Pollan's philosophy of food and eating. In the opening chapter of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and his other works, Pollan realizes that it's more than a little absurd that he writes entire books when his argument can be su...
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
5.0 In Defense of Food
Books like this make me afraid to eat. Then they make me mad at the way I've been eating. Finally, they make me a better eater. At the start, the idea seems simple: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." When I read that I thought, okay I can stop reading. I know that already, so I've got this shi...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating
Yes this is a lightweight book, yes it is an introduction but it isn't written in obscure science speak, it didn't bombard me with statistics, instead it argues that by reducing the diversity of our foodstuffs we're asking for trouble. Having recently discovered a mutual hate agreement with Gluten ...
Erin Bowman
Erin Bowman rated it
This is an illuminating read. Pollan's mantra, printed right on the cover, is simple: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Well of course you should eat food! Duh. How hard can that be? Turns out the evolution of the American food industry has pushed a lot of things that are anything but food into...
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it
3.0
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."These cautiously conservative recommendations from this book by Michael Pollan I'm sure are good advice. Humans are descended from a long line of omnivores who found the most readily available food to be plants. Anything sweet such as ripe fruit was more rare ...
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