- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Press; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594201455
- ISBN-13: 978-1594201455
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.3 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto Hardcover – Jan 1 2008
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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
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Michael's sage advice definitely resonates with me as an individual. With the multitude of voices crying in the internet wilderness, it can be hard to navigate oneself through the tangled mess of what should be a relatively simple thing, deciding what you're going to eat. Mr. Pollan does an excellent job in 'In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto' of grounding the eater in a strikingly insightful and expositional journey through eating, nutritionism, and the culture of our food.
I think, for me personally, one of the most profound insights I took away from the book was the way Michael articulated the importance of our food not just from a nutritional, biological perspective, but from a cultural and human perspective; Michael's musings on the importance of food in how it brings us together as humans in a sort of sacred and unique way that transcends any one of its constituent elements resonated with me strongly.
Perhaps one of the most devastating things we as eaters are in danger of is not just physiological harm and chronic disease through poor dietary habits caused by the MAD diet, but the loss of something profoundly human that surrounds the experience of traditional eating; Nutritionism and the industrialization of our food, coupled with the hectic lifestyle of 21st century man poses just as great a threat to our humanity as it does our health. The MAD lifestyle threatens to undermine a foundation that has supported and brought together families, communities, and people for thousands of years around the experience of eating itself.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is trying to sort out their relationship with the food they eat.
This book explains how the food industry came to be, how processed foods affect your body, and best of all, it provides a collection of guidelines you can follow to start living by Michael Pollan's mantra, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." It is easy to pick and choose what you are able to do. I cannot afford to buy organic everything and order half a cow from a 100% grass fed farm, but I can avoid the centre aisles of the grocery store, which makes a major difference in my health.
I started living by these rules (to the extent that I could manage within my means) and it started a snowball effect in my health. I have lost forty pounds (with diet and exercise in addition to what I call "eating real food") and am now extremely confident that what I'm eating is great for my body.
I want to buy it for everyone I know with food issues.
The sanity is truly refreshing beyond belief. Thank you.
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