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

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
2371 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Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science.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 newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.

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It's premise is good, the writing is good. - Goodreads
I do talk about the mistakes in nutrition research. - Goodreads
Easy to read, very educational and rich with examples. - Goodreads
Excellent rational advice. - Goodreads
Why I picked it up: Book Club selection for this month. - Goodreads
Great overview of the industrial food cycle in America. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kay Vanatta - Goodreads

I liked the premise but did find it a bit of a book to slog through - not an easy read but overall a good one Read full review

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User Review  - Laura van Langen - Goodreads

This book is kind of dense, hard to get through makes some good points though, and the rules in the end are definitely ones to integrate in your eating pattern. But i don't agree with all of it, and he did do some subjective research. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

MICHAEL POLLAN is the author of six 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 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: Finding Ourselves in the Kitchen, will be published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.

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