In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
An Eater's Manifesto

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14 Critic Reviews

...I'm glad there are people out there like Michael Pollan with a common-sense and reasonable approach to eating. My guess is that if more of us followed his advice, we'd enjoy food more, and would be satisfied eating less of it.
-All About Romance

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Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science.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


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Michael Pollan

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A longtime contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Michael Pollan is the nation's most trusted resource for food-related issues. He is the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. His writing on food and agriculture has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Society.
 
Published January 1, 2008 by Penguin Books. 268 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Cooking, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math, Business & Economics, Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average

Solid advice for healthy eating, but lacks Pollan’s arrestingly original journalistic flair.

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NY Times

Good
on Jan 03 2008

...a tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be reduced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 14 2007

Unlike, say, a lite potato chip, this book of Pollan lite is not only crisp and tasty, but good for you.

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All About Romance

Above average
Reviewed by Laurie Likes Books on Aug 29 2013

...I'm glad there are people out there like Michael Pollan with a common-sense and reasonable approach to eating. My guess is that if more of us followed his advice, we'd enjoy food more, and would be satisfied eating less of it.

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Booklist Online

Good
on Jan 01 2008

Given the continuing fascination with Pollan’s earlier work, this smaller tome will surely generate heavy demand.

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Suite 101

Excellent
on Jul 23 2009

...In Defense of Food is an uplifting book, since it reminds people that they do have control over their health and nutrition. It’s a well-researched work, which will inspire many to change their habits for the better.

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Pajiba

Good

...I feel is actually one of the more important things I’ve read since…well, maybe ever. At least with regards to what I eat and how that affects my health.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Above average
on Jan 22 2008

...he comes across as fairly oblivious -- as when he suggests that planting a garden is an affordable solution for people who can't afford to buy organic...He makes no mention of the cost of the land on which to plant that affordable garden.

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Book Buzz

Good
on Jul 13 2011

...even if this book doesn’t change a single habit of yours, I still recommend reading it to open your eyes to how America eats.

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Oprah.com

Good

In Defense of Food...A welcome dispensation for omnivores.

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Diets in Review

Good

n Defense of Food takes a sharp look at the Western Diet, the American food industry and a cross-comparison look among other cultures who view food not so much for health and longevity but rather for pleasure, identity, and socialization.

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Journey With Jesus

Excellent

If you follow Pollan's common sense suggestions and "vote with your fork," I dare say you'll enjoy food as a friend rather than as an enemy to battle.

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Central Michigan Life

Good
on Oct 23 2012

Lightly entertaining, filled with Twinkie jokes, and informative. A great read for anyone who has to eat their own food, sorry plants.

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FriendsEAT

Excellent
on Feb 23 2011

I think this book is an indispensable read and I dread the days of eating before having read this book.

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