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"Pollan's critique of the American food industry and the plague of obesity, diabetes, coronary disease, cancer, and untimely death for which it is largely responsible is comparable to the work of Rachel Carson as a contribution to the history of human self-destruction, for the food fabricators could not have done their work without our complicity any more than the environmental polluters could have done theirs." Jason Epstein, The New York Review of Books (read the entire New York Review of Books review)

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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 food-like 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 Food reminds 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.

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"In his 2006 blockbuster, 'The Omnivore's Dilemma,' Michael Pollan gave voice to Americans' deep anxiety about food: What should we eat? Where does our food come from? And, most important, why does it take an investigative journalist to answer what should be a relatively simple question?

In the hundreds of interviews Pollan gave following the book's publication, the question everyone,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[A] tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be reduced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential....[L]ively, invaluable." Janet Maslin, the New York Times

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"Pollan's accessible, meticulously researched book will be essential reading for anyone who takes food seriously." Boston Globe

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"[Pollan] uses his familiar brand of carefully researched, common-sense journalism...providing guidelines and convincing arguments." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

From the author of the bestselling The Omnivores Dilemma comes this bracing and eloquent manifesto that shows readers how they might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich their lives and enlarge their sense of what it means to be healthy.

Synopsis:

The bestselling coauthor of Your Money or Your Life chronicles her quest to eat food produced within 10 miles of her home

Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light societyand#8217;s unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment.

Like Barbara Kingsolverand#8217;s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed goods laden with sugar, fat, and preservatives to the trucks burning through fuel to bring them to a shelf near you.

Robinand#8217;s journey is also one of community as she befriends all the neighboring farmers who epitomize the sustainable lifestyle. Among them are Tricia, the prolific market gardener who issued Robinand#8217;s 10-mile challenge; Britt and Eric, two

young, enthusiastic farmers living their dream of self-sufficiency; and Vicky, a former corporate executive turned milk producer.

Featuring recipes throughout, along with practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is an inspirational guide and testimonial to the locavore movement and a healthy food future.

Synopsis:

New York Times Bestseller

Robert Lustigs 90-minute YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”, has been viewed more than three million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove “a calorie is NOT a calorie”, and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.

About the Author

Michael Pollan is the author of three previous books, including The Botany of Desire, a New York Times bestseller. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

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

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Natalie Aldern, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by Natalie Aldern)
Pollan is a truly gifted writer. His fascinating account of what is in the food we buy every day is made accessible by presenting scientific research in layman's terms. He begins with the simple philosophy of: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants," and from there begins a highly entertaining and informative manifesto for eaters. You'll enjoy this book if you have ever felt confused by conflicting nutritional recommendations.
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Chris Keefer, December 8, 2008 (view all comments by Chris Keefer)
A amazing book. This common sense approach to food will change your life and could save it.
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ARein, October 19, 2007 (view all comments by ARein)
I am so excited that Michael Pollan is writing a book on how to apply the knowledge gained from The Omnivore's Dilemma. The word needs to be spread far and wide what has happened to our food supply, and what we can do to cure what ails our system. Thank you, Michael Pollan!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594201455
Author:
Pollan, Michael
Publisher:
Penguin Press
Author:
Brick, Scott
Author:
Lustig, Robert H
Author:
Robin, Vicki
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Medicine Nutrition and Psychology
Subject:
Healthy Living
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One map
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review A Day" by , "Pollan's critique of the American food industry and the plague of obesity, diabetes, coronary disease, cancer, and untimely death for which it is largely responsible is comparable to the work of Rachel Carson as a contribution to the history of human self-destruction, for the food fabricators could not have done their work without our complicity any more than the environmental polluters could have done theirs." (read the entire New York Review of Books review)
"Review" by , "[A] tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be reduced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential....[L]ively, invaluable."
"Review" by , "Pollan's accessible, meticulously researched book will be essential reading for anyone who takes food seriously."
"Review" by , "[Pollan] uses his familiar brand of carefully researched, common-sense journalism...providing guidelines and convincing arguments."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the bestselling The Omnivores Dilemma comes this bracing and eloquent manifesto that shows readers how they might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich their lives and enlarge their sense of what it means to be healthy.
"Synopsis" by ,
The bestselling coauthor of Your Money or Your Life chronicles her quest to eat food produced within 10 miles of her home

Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light societyand#8217;s unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment.

Like Barbara Kingsolverand#8217;s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed goods laden with sugar, fat, and preservatives to the trucks burning through fuel to bring them to a shelf near you.

Robinand#8217;s journey is also one of community as she befriends all the neighboring farmers who epitomize the sustainable lifestyle. Among them are Tricia, the prolific market gardener who issued Robinand#8217;s 10-mile challenge; Britt and Eric, two

young, enthusiastic farmers living their dream of self-sufficiency; and Vicky, a former corporate executive turned milk producer.

Featuring recipes throughout, along with practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is an inspirational guide and testimonial to the locavore movement and a healthy food future.

"Synopsis" by ,
New York Times Bestseller

Robert Lustigs 90-minute YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”, has been viewed more than three million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove “a calorie is NOT a calorie”, and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.

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