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About the Author

Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prize-winning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" and "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder." Pollan lives in show more Connecticut with his wife and son. (Publisher Provided) Michael Pollan was born in 1955 and raised on Long Island, NY. He received his B.A. in English from Bennington College in 1977 and his Masters, also in English, from Columbia University, in 1981. He is the author of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, as well as 5 New York Times bestselling books: Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World and Ho wto Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Michael Pollan

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (2009) — Author — 2,979 copies
This Is Your Mind on Plants (2021) 713 copies
Food, Inc 20 copies

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (2017) — Foreword, some editions — 2,508 copies
The New Kings of Nonfiction (2007) — Contributor — 743 copies
Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food (2009) — Introduction — 417 copies
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 417 copies
The Best American Essays 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 314 copies
Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence (2013) — Foreword, some editions — 206 copies
We Made a Garden (2002) — Introduction, some editions — 167 copies
Twelve Recipes (2014) — Foreword — 164 copies
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contributor — 164 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 153 copies
The Best American Essays 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 119 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 110 copies
Best Food Writing 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 99 copies
Best Food Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 83 copies
Food, Inc. [2008 film] (2008) — Narrator — 80 copies
Best Food Writing 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 67 copies
Best Food Writing 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 52 copies
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Gardener's Bedside Reader (2008) — Contributor — 22 copies
Voices of the Land (2004) — Foreword — 18 copies
Fed Up [2014 film] (2015) — Contributor — 14 copies
Penguin Green Ideas Collection (2021) — Contributor — 12 copies
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto [videorecording] (2016) — Original book — 4 copies

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I loved Pollan's previous books, which were short, to the point, sensible and informative. This one was just too long. There were interesting bits about the history of food and cooking, but to get to them I had to wade through reams of details about his and other people's lives and cooking styles, implements, methods, etc. etc. etc. Maybe in my next life I'll have time to finish the approaching 500 pages.
Edit: I've been gifted with a copy, so will at least have leisure to pick through it.
 
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Abcdarian | 52 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Another Audiosync free audiobook, this is the “prequel,” so to speak, of another book I read on the same subject, called, “In Defense of Food”. I enjoyed learning about farm practices and a variety of nature and food facts.
 
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TraSea | 5 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Pollan advises that we eat whole, rather than processed, foods. He reminds us of various food studies, backed by government supporters, that were eventually determined to be very bad advice--such as the advice to replace Butter with Margarine. He also warns that the recommended fruits and vegetables should ideally come from local Farmers Markets to increase the likelihood of freshness and proper farming practices. His advice seems logical, so yeah, I'd recommend this book.
 
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TraSea | 204 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
As usual, Pollan is both enlightening and entertaining. But now I want to try mescalin.
 
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