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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto By Michael Pollan In Defense of Food An Eater s Manifesto Michael Pollan s last book The Omnivore s Dilemma launched a national conversation about the American way of eating now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it one meal at a time Pollan propos

  • Title: In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
  • Author: Michael Pollan
  • ISBN: 9781594201455
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto By Michael Pollan Michael Pollan s last book, The Omnivore s Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time Pollan proposes a new 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 eloquMichael Pollan s last book, The Omnivore s Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time Pollan proposes a new 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.
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    1. Virginia Messina on said:

      Actually, there is enough good material in this book that it probably warrants another star or two But I was so alarmed at the amount of misinformation here that one star is the best I can do Michael Pollan is right about some of the big stuff Nutrition research is badly flawed It has sometimes led us down the wrong road although it has also provided life saving findings The government is far too slow to change its recommendations and has strong ties to put it mildly to the food industry The sam [...]

    2. E.A. Quinn on said:

      In the Buddhist tradition there is a level of hell whereby the dead, known as hungry ghosts, are trapped with enormous stomachs and tiny throats unable to swallow anything but the smallest bites of food Their particular brand of torture is that they are always eating and yet their hunger is never satisfied These hungry ghosts sound an awful lot like the modern American eater trapped in the unhealthy western diet demonized in Michael Pollan s In Defense of Food An Eater s Manifesto You may be sur [...]

    3. Ken-ichi on said:

      I am conflicted about this book On the one hand, I agree with Pollan s thesis food science has not served us well over the past 100 years, and we really should Eat Food Not too much Mostly plants I believe that partially because of Pollan s arguments, and the revelatory reporting he did forThe Omnivore s Dilemma, but mostly because I ve studied biology, and have at least a limited idea of how complex human bodies and human food can be, and how evolution may not have prepared us for Twinkies.On t [...]

    4. Happyreader on said:

      I hated reading this book And that s sad because I agree with his basic premise Just eat real food Not too much Mostly plants And I would add, try and get off your ass once in awhile But this book was excrutiating to read I read the first 50 pages, gave up, and went to the last section on his very basic food rules, gave up again His language was all black and white with blanket condemnations and blanket recommendations, ironic since that s what he condemns in scientific thinking and food marketi [...]

    5. Jason Koivu on said:

      Books like this make me afraid to eat Then they make me mad at the way I ve been eating Finally, they make me a better eater At the start, the idea seems simple Eat food Not too much Mostly plants When I read that I thought, okay I can stop reading I know that already, so I ve got this shit down.But what is food today It may not be what you think it is Most of what you find at the grocer s is not food That complicates things just a little bit, doesn t it Pollan complicates that simple eat food m [...]

    6. Will Byrnes on said:

      One of the pernicious aspects of nutritionism is that it encourages us to blame our health problems on lifestyle choices, implying that the individual bears ultimate responsibility for whatever illnesses befall him It s worth keeping in mind that a far powerful predictor of heart disease than either diet or exercise is social class.Pollan contends that Western society has replaced our relationship with food to a relationship with nutrition, to our great loss Science has sought to figure out ex [...]

    7. Charlotte on said:

      Michael Pollan is absolutely on to something with his central thesis namely, that the American diet has been taken over by edible foodlike substances ie, hyper processed foods and the American approach to health as it relates to eating has been taken over by nutritionism ie, the idea that food is nothing than the sum of its nutrient parts He makes an excellent case that the current epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc are the inevitable result of this perverse relationship with fo [...]

    8. Trevor on said:

      One of the most remarkable meals I ve ever eaten was here royalmail Pages Foo Now, Dunkeld is a long way to go for a meal, even if you do live in Melbourne and a ten course meal served over many hours with matching wines that costs an arm and three toes possibly isn t something everyone would think of as value for money However, unlike the said value for money meals I will never forget the evening I spent at this restaurant Fantastic food, remarkable wines and delightful company if that isn t th [...]

    9. James on said:

      I am deeply ashamed, depressed, and embarrassed by the fact that such a book as Michael Pollan s In Defense of Food need be written, much less published, critically acclaimed, and enjoyed by someone such as myself Pollan himself acknowledges the perverse state of affairs saying, That one should feel the need to mount a defense of the meal is sad, but then I never would have thought food needed defending, either We should be collectively mortified as a culture because though Pollan greets us on t [...]

    10. Ganesh on said:

      Last night, I watched Pollan who looks just like one of my uncles on TV promoting this book Something wonderful and empowering he said the food industry pays very close attention to what consumers want In fact, they re terrified of us For instance, it only took a little over 100 concerned McDonald s customers writing to ask if it were true that the chain served genetically modified potatoes that was enoughto get the issue on the agenda at their shareholders meeting Another example in his popular [...]

    11. Monica on said:

      Eat food Not much Mostly Plants This pretty much encapsulates the book When Pollan speaks of food he refers to things that can be grown, not things that are manufactured The mostly plants refers to mostly fruits and leaves not seeds He also recommends this for your meat In other words, try to consume animals that were raised on real food grass fed cows Pollan throws lots of interesting facts about the food we consume and its origins He is not a fan of nutritionism or the nature of deconstructing [...]

    12. Patadave on said:

      I m a huge fan of Michael Pollan s Omnivore s Dilemma, see review here but only a big fan of In Defense of Food The first two sections of Defense, The Age of Nutritionism, and The Western Diet and Diseases of Civilization fit perfectly with Omnivore s posture of investigative journalism While Omnivore included Pollan as a character, it came across as a non biased, or relatively low biased, intro to the foodstuffs served across America The first two sections of Defense adhere to this even handed [...]

    13. Adam on said:

      Michael Pollan s In Defense of Food might best be described as a book which fares best when judged by its cover Below the title, a reader finds some dietary advice which is not a bad place to start Eat food Not too much Mostly plants There are a few good ideas inside the book, too It would be easy not to look much deeper, as Pollan s prose is so lively that most readers won t want to stop and give things a closer look However, the reader who does bother to check the details sees that In Defense [...]

    14. Patrice Hoffman on said:

      I m not sure I need to review Michael Pollan s In Defense of Food An Eater s Manifesto Chances are the person who bought this book is looking to find out what about food needs defending It appears everything I came across this book because of my Sociology class in explaining how the economy and current food structures continue to lead to systematic oppression or maintain an the imbalance of wealth, inequality in this country Firstly, in reference to defending food, it is actual food that needs d [...]

    15. Andy on said:

      My full review is posted on my blog at citingthetext Michael Pollan summarizes his latest book, published January 2008, on the cover and in just seven words Eat food Not too much Mostly plants He admits on the very first page that he has pretty much given the game away with that summary, but that he plans to complicate matters a bit in the interest of keeping things going for a couple hundred pages Since I began the book at the start of a four hour bus ride, I chose to oblige him and see what c [...]

    16. Spencer on said:

      Thanks for the reminder to update, Ethan This book was really eye opening I think or thought of myself as having a pretty healthy diet I have the whole wheat blend flaxseed enhanced pasta, the total cereal with nonfat soy milk, the bran muffins and the fish oil capsules.I AM A DUPE I ve been sucked into the cult of nutritionism as Pollans calls it, the belief that what s healthy about the food are the identified micronutrients it contains, and that foods are either healthful elixers or near pois [...]

    17. Shaun on said:

      Eat food Not too much Mostly plants Certainly good advice, but unfortunately, Michael Pollan should have stopped there.Ughwhat a huge disappointment This is a perfect example of why journalists should not give nutritional advice or write these kinds of books.Pollan starts out by stating the obvious, but then quickly learns what many nutritional professionals and public health advocates do, the obvious isn t sexy and it certainly doesn t make a bestseller As a result the chapters that follow his [...]

    18. Fabio Bracht on said:

      Esse livro uma absoluta revela o Eu quero plantar couve, comer fruta depois dela j n o estar mais t o bonita, ir na feira s pra olhar as comidas todas Eu penso em Cheetos e Coca Cola e quero dist ncia Comida boa comida boa Empolga o parte, recomendo esse livro a todo mundo que j se pegou parado entre as prateleiras no meio do supermercado, pensando, eu gostaria de comer de maneira mais saud vel, mas t o dif cil N o , amigo Parece que porque o mundo e particularmente o supermercado deliberadament [...]

    19. Laurel on said:

      Eat food Not too much Mostly plants Those are the first sentences of Michael Pollan s delightful little book In Defense of Food In fact, as Pollan himself admits, there s not much to it than that So, how to fill up a whole book when those three first sentences tell it all Well, as simple as that advice seems, the first sentence is complicated than it may appear Eat food Sure Of course What else would we eat But as we all know and often try not to think too much about what is labeled as food th [...]

    20. Jamie on said:

      Part of the idea behind this whole 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge was to branch out into genres and topics that I might not normally try While I haven t read anything about perky single British chicks trying to make it on their own and find love in the big city or perky single British vampire chicks trying to fight crime and find love in the big city, this book by Michael Pollen about nutrition and eating well does signal a bit of a departure for me.Pollen s manifesto here isn t actually that mu [...]

    21. Becky on said:

      A well written book that was also perfectly narrated by Scott Brick And, I can think of no succinct summation than that which my sister in law typed to me The Carrot carotene Pollan makes an excellent argument that food science is really in its infancy and much complex than I ever gave it credit for but that what we need to focus on the whole food a balanced, traditional meal, rather than worry about hitting our macro nutrients each dayThis book didn t tell me anything that I didn t expect to [...]

    22. Brennan on said:

      When the most healthy person I know Kaitlyn O Malley recommended this book to me and told me it was the one book that really changed what she ate and how she thought about food, I knew I had to read it And I loved it and felt much the same way So thanks, Kaitlyn I really appreciate it I believe everyone should read this book Michael Pollan s advice, Eat food, mostly plants, not too much is just brilliant and is explained in great detail throughout the book I knew of this saying before reading th [...]

    23. Jackie "the Librarian" on said:

      Covering similar ground to his book The Omnivore s Dilemma, Pollan discusses ways to eat healthily despite a marketplace flooded with over processed food and food like products He makes a very convincing case that food science has been oversimplified into nutritionism , which reduces the idea of food to its component nutrients The problem is that we still don t know everything that food does, and cannot adequately replace it by artificial means Even fresh food is suffering from this simplificati [...]

    24. Laura on said:

      Eat food Not too much Mostly plants This seems to be my summer of food I m in a CSA I ordered the large family size to push myself into preserving the food It s food than I can eat I give it away to almost everyone who visits And I love it It s the best deal I ve ever gotten with food I only hope that I can continue to give it away before it spoils Also the last three books I ve read have all been about food And in someways they ve merged together Between reading these books, I search for good [...]

    25. Elizabeth on said:

      Eat food Not too much Mostly plants Michael Pollan s succinct dietary advice is so simple it s practically insulting, but thanks to a combination of bad science and government influence, Americans are confused than ever about how and what to eat Our ancestors wouldn t recognize most of the food we eat today, things like refined pasta fortified with omega 3s or diet soda spiked with vitamins By refining and processing our food and trying to add the nutrients back in, the modern food industry has [...]

    26. Cass on said:

      Just finished it Loved it I borrowed this copy, which is a shame as I would have highlighted it, I shall have to buy my own copy and highlight it.Eat food Not too much Mostly plants.This is the message of the book, brilliant in its simplicity I plan to get a big poster made up and hung in the kitchen dining area I wholeheartedly agree with everything written.The first half of the book talks about what is wrong with our western food culture The second half of the books discusses some loose guidel [...]

    27. Kevin Kelsey on said:

      Short and poignant, but very powerful This is going to not only change what how I eat, but my whole relationship with food Everyone should read this.

    28. Ryan on said:

      It s possible that this book should be rated lower I found it difficult to tell since I ve read almost all of Pollan s other work at this point Is this a rehash or an addition In Defense of Food is maybe redundant for anyone who has already read Omnivore and maybe watched a couple online interviews with the author.The core argument here is that many people know very little about food due to nutritional science, which coopted TK traditional knowledge too early and was then codified into law befor [...]

    29. Rebecca on said:

      I m suspicious of my motivation to read this book I m pretty sure it has something to do with wanting to be congratulated on my eating habits Well, having now finished it, I m mostly right about that Congratulations, self But I also learned a lot, particularly a theory about how Americans think about food that seems utterly true for the majority of my friends and family Which is that people don t think, Hey, I m eating a banana, yum they think, Whoa, too much sugar, not enough protein, no thanks [...]

    30. Vimal Thiagarajan on said:

      I guess Michael Pollan and Nassim Nicholas Taleb are sure to get along very well if they ever meet Both are expert expert bashers, though they ply their trade in contrasting styles While Taleb is on the face and abrasive, Pollan is subtle and gradual.In this book he attacks nutritionism the science or rather the ideology of breaking down foods into their constituent nutrients in order to assess their benefits to the eater.It is a lamentation of how food marketing, with sufficient help from the [...]

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