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In Defense Of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

by Michael Pollan

Penguin Books | April 28, 2009 | Trade Paperback

In Defense Of Food: An Eater's Manifesto is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
#1 New York Times Bestseller

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Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science.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.

"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


Michael Pollan’s newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.


 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.16 × 5.4 × 0.71 in

Published: April 28, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143114964

ISBN - 13: 9780143114963

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite interesting 3.75 stars Food is no longer what it used to be. It has been broken down into its parts (vitamins, nutrients, etc), some of those parts taken out and/or added back in, as studies find we need more or less of those parts. It has been overly processed. Pollan explains how this happened and what we can do to try to get back to eating real food, and hopefully stave off many diseases that seem to have ballooned since this overprocessing of food became the norm. I found it quite interesting. There was some stuff I knew and some I didn't. Pollan writes in a way that the info is interesting and accessible, although there was a section in the middle where I did lose focus a few times (which is why I didn't quite rate it 4 stars). I didn't like it quite as much as The Omnivore's Dilemma, but still really interesting.
Date published: 2012-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will vow to stay away from processed foods! This book is extremely informative and gives a fresh perspective of food compared to traditional food and diet books in the bookstore. Michael Pollan's main focus is to expose the horrors of the Western diet and demonize the idealogy of nutritionism in fueling the popularity of cheap processed foods in today's society. He helps us understand human's relationship with food throughout history, then shows how that relationship has been damaged through advances in technology as well as shifts in culture and economics. Pollan presents strong scientific facts to support his argument. Some facts will have you rolling your eyes at first, such as that dietary fats do not have an effect on heart disease. While startling at first, Pollan's facts will eventually make sense and convince you to stay away from cheap processed foods. While the content is fantastic, I struggled with Pollan's writing style early on and it took some time to adapt to. Still, In Defense of Food is an absolutely recommended read for everyone. Pollan will convince you to not only stop eating cheap processed foods, but to revert back to more traditional ways of eating.
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Get Defensive My Grampa was born in 1913. He was an incredible man, a staunch conservative with an entrepreneurial spirit, who loved his family the most in the world. He liked to talk politics (...groan...), and he loved to entertain in his backyard, around the pool; and as he aged, he liked to reminisce and talk about the old days. He died, in his ninety-third year, in October 2005. I have found myself thinking about him a lot these last few days, while reading In Defense of Food, By Michael Pollan. Because, like most things, Grampa had some strong opinions about food and I wish I could talk to him about what the typical meal was like when he was a little boy. And I'd love to hear him tell about the changes he observed in the food industry. The premise of In Defense of Food is to make you think about where your food comes from and to encourage the reader to think in terms of food instead of nutrients. Because a vitamin eaten in its natural state, in a actual fruit or vegetable, is worth so much more than a "vitamin-fortified" product. Pollan explains that the fact of the matter is the chronic diseases that now kill most of us can be traced directly to the industrialization of food. Highly refined grains, the use of chemicals to flavour and colour foods as well as to raise plants and animals in large monocultures, the abundance of cheap calories in sugar and fat, the narrowing in the diversity of foods available to us. The human diet is now based on three main crops ... wheat, corn and soy. What? You don't eat tofu? Think again, because soy products are used in all types of manufacturing, as is corn. In fact, I once spoke to a gentleman who had taken an interest in food production because of a food allergy in his family. He told me that after much reading, he predicts the next big food allergy to be to corn. Because it is used in all areas of food production. Soon, our bodies will begin to reject it and fight against it. Pollan makes the suggestion that going backwards to the dietary lifestyle of our ancestors may be the answer. So, that is what I am planning to do ... enjoy food, like my Grampa taught me, but know where it is coming from. Eat it for fun and pleasure and don't rush through it; sit, enjoy. Lingering around the table to chat and munch on vegies can be therapeutic and relaxing. It can be difficult to embrace change, but once you do, it'll make things better for you and your family. Start by reading this book ... you won't regret it! I read this book as part of a challenge to read 100 books in 1 year ... and I'm blogging as I do. Click the link to read all my thoughts on In Defense of Food. http://takenoutofcontext-jill.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-defense-of-food.html
Date published: 2010-03-23

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In Defense Of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

by Michael Pollan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.16 × 5.4 × 0.71 in

Published: April 28, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143114964

ISBN - 13: 9780143114963

Table of Contents

In Defense Of Food Introduction: An Eater''s Manifesto

I. The Age Of Nutritionism

One: From Foods to Nutrients
Two: Nutritionism Defined
Three: Nutritionism Comes to Market
Four: Food Science''s Golden Age
Five: The Melting of the Lipid Hypothesis
Six: Eat Right, Get Fatter
Seven: Beyond the Pleasure Principle
Eight: The Proof in the Low-Fat Pudding
Nine: Bad Science
Ten: Nutritionism''s Children

II. The Western Diet And The Diseases of Civilization

One: The Aborigine in All of Us
Two: The Elephant in the Room
Three: The Industrialization of Eating: What We Do Know
1. From Whole Foods to Refined
2. From Complexity to Simplicity
3. From Quality to Quantity
4. From Leaves to Seeds
5. From Food Culture to Food Science

III. Getting Over Nutritionism

One: Escape from the Western Diet
Two: Eat Food: Food Defined
Three: Mostly Plants: What to Eat
Four: Not Too Much: How to Eat

Acknowledgments
Sources
Resources
Index

From the Publisher

#1 New York Times Bestseller

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.

"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


Michael Pollan’s newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.


 

About the Author

MICHAEL POLLAN is the author of six previous books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is the recipient of the James Beard Award and is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. His most recent book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.

www.michaelpollan.com
 

 

Editorial Reviews

" 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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