In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
1691 Reviews
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?

Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what weíre consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollanís bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.

"Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation's food conscience."
-Frank Bruni, The New York Times

" A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave."
-The Washington Post

"A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential... [a] lively, invaluable book."
--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"In Defense of Food is written with Pollan's customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots."
-The Seattle Times

Michael Pollanís newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expertís culinary education--was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.


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Easy to read, very educational and rich with examples. - Goodreads
In short, I didn't like the writing style of this book. - Goodreads
Excellent rational advice. - Goodreads
Well-researched, informative, easy and fun to read. - Goodreads
I do talk about the mistakes in nutrition research. - Goodreads
The premise here is great. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Edyta - Goodreads

Well-researched, informative, easy and fun to read. A must-read intro for everyone who wants to eat healthily, and preaching to the choir for those who already have some knowledge (undistorted by modern-day nutritionist propaganda) about food and how to eat. Also, funny. Read full review

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User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

This book was very thought-provoking, and seemed well-researched. It has already been useful in rethinking how we eat and how we can eat more the way God wants us to, and I anticipate it will continue ... Read full review

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MICHAEL POLLAN is the author of six previous books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivoreís Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is the recipient of the James Beard Award and is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. His most recent book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.

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