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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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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"Review A Day"
by Jason Epstein, The New York Review of Books,
"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)
by Janet Maslin, the New York Times,
"[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."
by Boston Globe,
"Pollan's accessible, meticulously researched book will be essential reading for anyone who takes food seriously."
by Los Angeles Times,
"[Pollan] uses his familiar brand of carefully researched, common-sense journalism...providing guidelines and convincing arguments."
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.
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.
New York Timesand#160;Bestseller
Robert Lustigand#8217;s 90-minute YouTube video and#147;Sugar: The Bitter Truthand#8221;, 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 moreand#160;sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.
To help usand#160;lose weightand#160;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,and#160;Fat Chanceand#160;debunks the widely held notion to prove and#147;a calorie is NOT a calorieand#8221;, and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.
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