#1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of How to Change Your Mind, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Food Rules
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Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science.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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Michael Pollan’s message couldn’t be more straightforward—“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”—and that’s what makes it so revolutionary. He’s a journalist, not a nutritionist, so he’s not trying to sell us on a particular meal plan, and he presents the facts to back up his case. Pollan explains how Western nutrition has become a mess and why we need to rethink our shopping and eating habits. You’ve probably heard you should eat more “whole foods,” but Pollan explains it—basically, don’t eat anything your great-grandparents wouldn’t recognize as food. He tells us about all the hoop jumping involved in changing FDA guidelines, which is why its dietary advice is always out of date. He even explores how cheap manufactured food makes eating well a health issue and a social problem. Veteran narrator Scott Brick’s measured voice is ideal for these short, concise chapters, making Pollan’s research even easier to digest. If you’ve been thinking more about your diet—or feel like you don’t know where to start—In Defense of Food is ready to help.
great information, not so great delivery
why didn't michael pollan himself do the narration? Hearing him on NPR, he has a lovely voice and very engaging style, yet the narrator of his books is abrasive and almost impossible to listen to. The book is full of wonderful information, do yourself a favor and read it, or have anyone else read it to you!
Might want to READ this one...
Michael Pollan is interesting, eloquent and a great story teller. But the way the narrator reads makes the listener bristle - it's obvious that he can't get enough of his own voice, pleasuring his own ego on the poor audience. I'd have given the book 5 stars, but the audiobook leaves me feeling condescended to. I'd love to get The Omnivore's Dilemma for my long commute, but...argghh. Just can't listen to that voice for another 6-8 hours.
I can sum it up here. The food Industry is making food as addictive as cocaine and we are powerless over it.