I'm interested in eating more healthfully, and purchased this book from Amazon based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback. I normally do not review books here, but I was genuinely disappointed by this purchase and wanted to offer a few points of criticism for future buyers to consider.
I wouldn't have minded if the (considerable) preaching in this book was mostly regarding nutrition, but unfortunately, that was not the case. Paired with questionable editing (power statements were frequently repeated twice on the same page, and very peculiar usage/omission of punctuation), statements like "Wake up America" (not even "Wake up, America") were extremely grating to me. Rosenthal says that everything is nutrition, a claim that many experts make about their fields (be it biology, physics, probability, etc..), but never before have I seen someone take that claim so literally. If nutrition is everything and Rosenthal is an expert on nutrition, it must follow that he is an expert on everything, I suppose. Is it worth suggesting that sometimes marital problems (not poor nutrition) are the real reason you are in poor health? Sure, but I would not have purchased this book if I'd known that an entire chapter (1 of 11 total) was dedicated to assessing the health of one's relationships. Another of these few chapters is entirely dedicated to being your own person and not trying to fit in with the masses. Assuming the average reader of this book is not fourteen, the premise of a lot of this book was insulting to me. All I wanted from this book was a primer on how to feed myself better, but to get that information, I felt that I had to wade through a whole lot of rather high-handed motivational speaking.
While I admire Rosenthal's dedication to studying all dietary theories, I felt that this major theme of finding one's own path was seriously undermined by the testimonials of his students peppered throughout the book suggesting that the one true path is to attend the Center for Integrative Nutrition. Although this was hardly the only place in the book where anecdotal evidence was treated as empirical, these testimonials frequently made me feel like I was reading an advertisement for the school rather than a book intended to educate. And since this is a book I spent money on, I felt that this addition was unnecessary at best and exploitative at worst.
This is only the beginning of my many points of frustration regarding this purchase, but if you aren't put off by the above, I'd encourage you to give the book a try anyway. I gave it 3 stars as it did have good information and some illuminating commentary on why we eat the way that we do. In my case, I wish I had gone with another book and am surprised that the reviews for this one are so uniformly positive, when to me, the drawbacks were hardly subtle. Whatever book you buy, though, best of luck with your efforts to eat better!