In Defense of Food An Eater's Manifesto

ISBN-10: 1594201455
ISBN-13: 9781594201455
Edition: 2008
Authors: Michael Pollan
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Description: What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore's Dilemma. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." These "edible foodlike substances" are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false or misleading. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by "nutrients," and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Michael Pollan's sensible and decidedly counterintuitive advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Writing In Defense of Food, and affirming the joy of eating, Pollan suggests that if we would pay more for better, well-grown food, but buy less of it, we'll benefit ourselves, our communities, and the environment at large. Taking a clear-eyed look at what science does and does not know about the links between diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about the question of what to eat that is informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the prevailing nutrient-by-nutrient approach. In Defense of Foodreminds us that, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, the solutions to the current omnivore's dilemma can be found all around us. In looking toward traditional diets the world over, as well as the foods our families-and regions-historically enjoyed, we can recover a more balanced, reasonable, and pleasurable approach to food. Michael Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives and enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy.

Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prizewinning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" & "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder". Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife & son.

Introduction: An Eater's Manifesto
The Age of Nutritionism
From Foods to Nutrients
Nutritionism Defined
Nutritionism Comes to Market
Food Science's Golden Age
The Melting of the Lipid Hypothesis
Eat Right, Get Fatter
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
The Proof in the Low-Fat Pudding
Bad Science
Nutritionism's Children
The Western Diet and the Diseases of Civilization
The Aborigine in All of Us
The Elephant in the Room
The Industrialization of Eating: What We Do Know
From Whole Foods to Refined
From Complexity to Simplicity
From Quality to Quantity
From Leaves to Seeds
From Food Culture to Food Science
Getting Over Nutritionism
Escape from the Western Diet
Eat Food: Food Defined
Mostly Plants: What to Eat
Not Too Much: How to Eat
Acknowledgments
Sources
Resources
Index

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