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In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating
In Defense of Food The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating
Author: Michael Pollan
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. — Huma...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781594201455
ISBN-10: 1594201455
Publication Date: 1/1/2008
Pages: 244
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3.9 stars, based on 143 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
Book Type: Hardcover
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lsuth avatar reviewed In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating on + 39 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
An eye opening book. Micahel Pollan has a wonderful writing style and doles out great information. I learned a lot as well as being entertained. It's a quick read and definitely worth the time.
PaulaB avatar reviewed In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Pollan makes some good points around his "eat food, mostly plants, not too much" theme. I learned a lot about the history of the business of food in America, and how most of our food is crap as a result. It gets a bit too technical at times, but if you are into the local/whole food movement you will get plenty out of this book.
jdyinva avatar reviewed In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating on + 408 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Sorry. I'm sure if you're a "foodie," this is the book for you. I wasn't looking for a diet (though I could use one), but I thought this would be "reader friendly." I didn't think it was; I found it heavy going and admit that I skimmed a lot. Guess it just wasn't what I was looking for.
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reviewed In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating on + 1775 more book reviews
"For while it used to be that food was all that you could eat, today there are thousands of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in packages elaborately festooned with health claims, which brings me to another piece of advice: If you're concerned about your health, you should probably avoid products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a strong indication its not really food, and food is what you want to eat."
A well organized exposition of his views.
"Sooner or later, everything solid we've been told the links between our diet and our health seems to get blown away in the gust of the most recent study."
Sources by chapter and by subject. Index.
nccorthu avatar reviewed In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating on + 569 more book reviews
A really fine book. Lays out the problems of today's nutrition "science" and its problems. Some good ideas without going totally vegan.
oscarsdream avatar reviewed In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating on + 15 more book reviews
not as good as the Omnivore's Dilemma, but interesting. very easy to read and it has some interesting points. makes you realize how hard it is to eat perfectly, and find healthy foods, when we are surrounded and tempted by fast food and processed foods. you can read this book in a few days.


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