In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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#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Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science.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." Pollan’s 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 Pollan’s most recent book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it serves as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.

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In the last several years we have completely revolutionized our personal diets to fight off the various food allergies our kids have. When a friend gave us this book because they didn't really 'get it', we read it and realized it emodied everything we have come to know about why the food chain in this country is so screwed up. When I say food chain, I mean "supermarket isles". The cute colorful wrappers on your snack food has an ingredients list, I suggest strongly that you read each and every item on it and if you can't pronounce or understand each one of them, don't eat it. In Defense of Food will give you what you need to know about why you must put down processed food and eat real whole food again. After reading the book you'll know how we got where we are, and how it is so easy to go back. You'll also know why it is worth spending a few more bucks on fresh organic food. 

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A book that is as powerful in the importance of its core message as it is simple in what it seeks to communicate - eat 'food', not too much.

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About the author (2008)

Michael Pollan, recently featured on Netflix in the four-part series Cooked, is the author of seven previous books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he 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.

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