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by Michael Pollan

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Title:In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Authors:Michael Pollan
Info:Penguin Press HC, The (2008), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 256 pages
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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan (2008)


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This is one of the best books I have read. I even teared up a few times while listening to it. But a warning: once you read this book you can never go back to looking at the stuff in the stores we think is food in the same way again. You might not like it if you're not ready to hear it. But I was. And I will say that ever since I started eating whole food I have enjoyed the whole experience of eating far more than I ever had before. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
If you're looking to revise your diet, or just interested in nutrition in general, this is a fantastic book. ( )
  Crystal.Brown | Mar 19, 2015 |
The author discusses "nutritionism" in which the focus is on the identified nutrients of food rather than the food itself. Very good read, and also has many of the rules described in "Food Rules". Reading "In Defense of Food" and you won't need to read "Food Rules!" ( )
  addunn3 | Feb 16, 2015 |
Great book! Just like all of the books by this author. Food shouldn't be this interesting, but this book makes it fun. If you want to sort through all of the various muddled advice that's out there today about what we should be eating, this book will make it simple. It's hard to read it without wanting to eat "better" (which the author would say not only means more healthy but more fun and more tasty, too). ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
I really need to stop eating so much crap. ( )
  LynleyS | Feb 8, 2014 |
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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
…the "what to eat" question is somewhat more complicated for us than it is for, say, cows. Yet for most of human history, humans have navigated the question without expert advice. To guide us we had, instead, Culture, which, at least when it comes to food, is really just a fancy word for your mother.
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Challenges current approaches to healthy eating, arguing that the real food consumed by past generations is being replaced with commercialized, scientifically altered foods that offer no health benefits and may cause serious damage, and encourages people to change the way they eat and return to basic nutrition rules.
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Amazon Significant Seven, January 2008: Food is the one thing that Americans hate to love and, as it turns out, love to hate. What we want to eat has been ousted by the notion of what we should eat, and it's at this nexus of hunger and hang-up that Michael Pollan poses his most salient question: where is the food in our food? What follows in In Defense of Food is a series of wonderfully clear and thoughtful answers that help us omnivores navigate the nutritional minefield that's come to typify our food culture. Many processed foods vie for a spot in our grocery baskets, claiming to lower cholesterol, weight, glucose levels, you name it. Yet Pollan shows that these convenient "healthy" alternatives to whole foods are appallingly inconvenient: our health has a nation has only deteriorated since we started exiling carbs, fats--even fruits--from our daily meals. His razor-sharp analysis of the American diet (as well as its architects and its detractors) offers an inspiring glimpse of what it would be like if we could (a la Humpty Dumpty) put our food back together again and reconsider what it means to eat well. In a season filled with rallying cries to lose weight and be healthy, Pollan's call to action—"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."--is a program I actually want to follow. --Anne Bartholomew

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"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.--From publisher description.… (more)

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