In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food

Near the end of February The Sassy Kathy recommended Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. When I saw it on the new book shelf at the local library I snatched it up.

Michael Pollan is the author of four previous books, including two New York Times bestsellers. He contributes to The New York Times Magazine and is Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkley.

His last book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, brought national attention to the American way of eating. In Defense of Food draws on medical literature and databases, scientific studies and other previous research to continue that conversation.

I learned so much from this book that I wouldn’t know where to begin. Mr. Pollan covers the ideology of nutritionism posing as science in the minds of most Americans, the western diet and it’s related diseases and ways to overcome nutritionism and eat healthy foods.

His three rules for eating are, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The third section of the book covers these rules in detail with clear explanations and sub-rules to help eaters do the best thing for their health.

I strongly recommend this well written and enlightening book. In Defense of Food is an important read for anyone consuming a western diet out of the local supermarket.

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About James A Woods
Freelance Writer, Constant Learner, Family Man

4 Responses to In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

  1. TexasRed says:

    Definitely sounds interesting. You mean “Doritoes” didn’t make the list of food he was defending?

  2. adamtree says:

    Doritoes = not real food. Who woulda thought?

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  4. oh hooray!!! glad you enjoyed it. this book is definitely intense and has completely changed the way i see food/eating – my family is pretty sick of hearing me go on and on about it… 🙂

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