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Starred Review. In his hugely influential treatise The Omnivore's Dilemma, Pollan traced a direct line between the industrialization of our food supply and the degradation of the environment. His new book takes up where the previous work left off. Examining the question of what to eat from the perspective of health, this powerfully argued, thoroughly researched and elegant manifesto cuts straight to the chase with a maxim that is deceptively simple: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. But as Pollan explains, food in a country that is driven by a thirty-two billion-dollar marketing machine is both a loaded term and, in its purest sense, a holy grail. The first section of his three-part essay refutes the authority of the diet bullies, pointing up the confluence of interests among manufacturers of processed foods, marketers and nutritional scientists—a cabal whose nutritional advice has given rise to a notably unhealthy preoccupation with nutrition and diet and the idea of eating healthily. The second portion vivisects the Western diet, questioning, among other sacred cows, the idea that dietary fat leads to chronic illness. A writer of great subtlety, Pollan doesn't preach to the choir; in fact, rarely does he preach at all, preferring to lets the facts speak for themselves. (Jan.)
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" 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
A great analysis of the food industry , how we got to this ( rather sad ) state of un-nutrition or even anti-nutrition , and what you should do about it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Big Bill
A good read. Pollan's books are always a good read and this one is no different. The travel of modern man through the process of attaining the food we eat is well written.Published 14 months ago by Doug W. Murray
This is truly an eye opening book by Michael Pollan. He really breaks it down and explains why we should get back to eating real food and stop eating “food-like” products. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Horace McPherson
I bought this book at a point in my life when I was very unhappy with my health. I knew I wanted to cut out processed foods, but I didn't know why, or where to start. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SMAMW
Pollan's interesting and informative read, and wonderful advice: eat food, not too much, mostly plants, is totally worthy of the five star rating.Published 19 months ago by Canleanne