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In Defense of Food
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto | 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. 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 foodlike 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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Owlizabeth
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Current armchair situation - all three are fantastic in their own ways. And the tagged is my textbook, so I‘m reading with real purpose!

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taraWritesSci
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Pickpick

A grounding place in a time of rampant nutritionism (a form of religious zeal) that shows the failure of reductionist thinking, and the Western world's never-ending quest for the holy grail of optimal food item, may it come packaged and profitable.

The book shows where "nutrition science" mixed with self-interested governing bodies and poor journalism came together to make a disaster of westernized food, especially the American type.

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caraltmcbride
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Looking for Health & Wellness / Fitness & Nutrition books...any suggestions?

BethM I really liked this if you're into yoga. 12mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 12mo
caraltmcbride @BethM : thanks! I'll try it for sure! 12mo
caraltmcbride @CrowCAH : very kind of you! Thanks!! 12mo
RaimeyGallant Great book! 12mo
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taraWritesSci
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After eating all the feels today, I decided to hit up the library and checkout this book on food. I've been meaning to read it for awhile now, here goes!

BarbaraTheBibliophage I was surprised at how much this book made me laugh. Pollan is so good! 12mo
Tanisha_A Michael Pollan is so good! 12mo
taraWritesSci @BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm loving his witty commentary! 😁 12mo
taraWritesSci @Tanisha_A Agreed! This is my first book of his, though I've been a fan of his articles and journalism. 12mo
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Olive315
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My first book I received for Christmas this year during my family's celebration on the 27th of Christmas II. I really enjoyed The Omnivore's Dilemma so I think I'll like this too!

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Foragingfantasy
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This pretty much just reinforced all the things I already believe about America‘s food system. The knowing and the doing are two different things. Definitely motivated me to hit the farmers market more often and maybe eat fewer Woppers and 🍟.

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perfectlywinged
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Summer fruit and finally reading this book that has been on my shelf for ten years. And it is still pretty on point.

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KimHM
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Reading in this tiny urban park in Andover, Mass until Daughter gets off work and retrieves me. 📚🌿💚

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KimHM
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“. . . a food of humbling complexity . . . “

Try as I might, it‘s difficult to escape reminders of the train wreck that is the current administration. Sigh.

📚💚🥦🥒🥑🍆🍅🍑🍒🍉🍏🍐🍓🥝💚📚

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RaimeyGallant
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This was pubbed in 2008 around the same time I started chasing ethical food knowledge, so there weren't as many new takeaways for me as there will be for others. What I will say about this book/manifesto that I've never been able to say about anything similar in length, is that I agree with everything he wrote, and everything is still applicable. Pollan puts the common sense back into eating, and I recommend it for anyone who eats. #Recommendsday

MissyMelissy This is one of my favorites! I have read it several times and it is flagged and dog eared in so many of my favorite parts. 2y
A_woman_on_a_bike One of my favourites too! Well researched but simple messages that have stayed with me. I often think about his description of food being something your grandmother would recognise as food. “Eat food. Not too much. Mainly leaves” 2y
RaimeyGallant @A_woman_on_a_bike He almost said it that way exactly! When you post something, tag me so that I can welcome you and hopefully get others to as well. :) 2y
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Craftylikefox I love Michael Pollan! I get so excited when I hear anyone even mention that they have read In Defense of Food. If you haven‘t yet, you should check out Cooked too! 2y
Craftylikefox @RaimeyGallant I have not! I will add it! 2y
A_woman_on_a_bike Thanks @RaimeyGallant Still working my way around 😊 2y
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RaimeyGallant
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Michael Pollan's voice has been replaced for me by the narrator's. Potential future scenario: Someone who looks an awful lot like Michael Pollan walks up to me.

HIM: Hi, I'm Michael Pollan.
ME: Bullshit.

I feel like this disaster could be avoided if, in audiobooks and when possible, authors introduced their narrators and then said something at the end as well. This is only my 2nd #audiobook though. Do any authors already do this?

benchley1 Most of them have read by before 2y
Kaye I listen to tons of audiobooks. The only one I recall the sort of introduced his narrator was Pat Conroy, talking about the narrator of Prince of Tides. Apparently the narrator died shortly after completing the book, at a fairly young age, so Pat gave a wonderful tribute to him. Most narrators introduce themselves..one, Grover Gardner introduced the narrator. Authors narrating their own books is almost always a recipe for disaster. (edited) 2y
Graywacke Like @Kaye I‘ve only come across it once. Sometimes the author will read parts, like maybe the introduction, but there typically isn‘t any verbal acknowledgement of a switch except the change in voice. I agree it would be nice. (edited) 2y
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Dogearedcopy Generally, no because authors don‘t work with the narrators at the bigger production houses. The rights for the audio are sold separately from the print rights (though they can bundled) much like film rights. Sometimes an author may get a consultation or approval, but it‘s generally best when writers write and casting agents cast and narrators read out loud... 2y
Dogearedcopy Pat Conroy did a tribute to the late Frank Muller (FM died as a result of brain trauma from a motorcycle accident at a relatively young age.) I‘m not sure what Grover Gardner did, though I know Ken Burns did an audio intro about Shelby Foote‘s Civil War Trilogy which GG narrated. (edited) 2y
RaimeyGallant @Dogearedcopy Great info! I'm just talking about a preference though, mine, to the extent possible, to hear authors say a quick hey at the beginning and end of the narration. Audio narration is still a pretty young industry though, so we may see changes. Love that you're so involved in it. :) 2y
Chelleo I prefer memoirs, and to a much lesser extent, non-fiction with first person accounts, to be read by the author. I recently listened to We Were Eight Years In Power, personal narrative essays, that was read by a narrator and it irked me to no end. (edited) 2y
RaimeyGallant @Chelleo Off to find that in Libby, fingers crossed. 2y
wanderlustforwords Audible states the narrators name before every book, but I haven‘t heard an author talk about the narrator. 2y
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RaimeyGallant
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"You are what what you eat eats too."

MrsSpencer Oh goodness... I should@probably invest this one !! 2y
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Jacobwakeup
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I hit a brick wall with every other book I was reading. I‘m flying through this gem to build momentum. This is a “fun” read for me.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! May your shared meals be delicious and fun! 🧡💛🧡💛

#quotsynov17 #family

RebelReader I love Micheal Pollan's philosophy and his books. Another good one is Mark Bittman. Happy Thanksgiving! ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Thanks, friend 😘 2y
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Reviewsbylola 🦃 🦃 🦃 2y
Dolly Michael Pollan is my hero 👏. I agree that cooking our own food is paramount. 2y
TricksyTails Happy Thanksgiving! ♥️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reviewsbylola That‘s a lot of turkey! 😍 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Dolly He is awesome! 🙂 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TricksyTails Thanks - right back to you!! 🧡 2y
kspenmoll Happy Thanksgiving- 🦃❤️📚 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kspenmoll Thank you! Hope yours was lovely! (edited) 2y
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jessamyngrace

But I no longer think it's possible to separate our bodily health from the health of the environment from which we eat or the environment in which we eat or from the health of our general outlook about food and health. If my explorations of the food chain have taught me anything, it's that it is a food chain, and all the links are linked: the health of the soil to the health of the plants & animals we eat to the health of the food culture & us.

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jessamyngrace

Today these 4 crops [corn, soy, wheat and rice] account for two thirds of the calories we eat. When you consider that humankind has historically consumed some 80,000 edible species, and that 3,000 of these have been in widespread use, this represents a radical simplification of the human diet. Why should this concern us? Because humans are omnivores, requiring somewhere between 50 and 100 different chemical compounds and elements to be healthy.

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jessamyngrace
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But who knows what else is going on from in the soul of a carrot?

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jessamyngrace

Indeed, to look at the chemical composition of any common food plant is to realize just how much complexity lurks within it.

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jessamyngrace

"One of the most troubling features of nutritionism is... 'If foods are understood only in terms of the various quantities of nutrients they contain,' Gyorgy Scrinis wrote, then 'even processed foods may be considered to be "healthier" for you than whole foods if they contain appropriate quantities of some nutrients.'

How convenient."

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Jaimelire

Just listening to this on audiobook. Anyone read it? What did you think? I find his views rather interesting. 🥗

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janeycanuck
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This is lurking on my TBR, along with a few other Michael Pollan books I picked up after watching Cooked on Netflix. He's definitely a fan of #vegetables and I love his philosophy for how to eat. Chocolate is a plant, right? #junebookbugs

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jpmcwisemorgan

Now I'm watching the PBS documentary on Netflix because the Talk Green to Me book club decided to watch documentaries and have a free-for-all discussion. If you're not up to reading a nonfiction movie, I recommend the show. Both are eye opening and not preachy.

LibrarianRyan You might try a Place at the Table. It's a book and documentary about food insecurity in the us. 3y
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Lynnsoprano
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#maybookflowers There's a lot of #truth in this book.

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AlwaysBeReading
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It's all a scam! Capitalism is the real evil.

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MarticaMustRead
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This slim yet very informative ‘food manifesto' made me reexamine my habits in relationship to food. Not only what I consider as food, but also where it comes from & how I select it. If we really want a change in our health, it has to start close to home; be it by buying local at farmer‘s markets, eating seasonally whenever possible, or better yet from our own garden! But we have to actively make the choice & effort to choose quality.👍💪

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MarticaMustRead
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🍞🍅🦃🍏🍫🐄 #CurrentRead

Lunchtime reading😋.....kind of a perfect pairing, don't cha think? 😉😁

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MarticaMustRead
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???❤ #Bookmarks #CurrentReads

Brand new bookmarks that my wonderful thoughtful beau surprised me with- "just because"?!
He knows me so well!??

......ok, now back to reading?

BookishFeminist Love them all! 3y
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Cobscook
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Reading this engaging nonfiction as I wait for my daughter to emerge from basketball practice.

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courtney
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What's a birthday celebration without some book buying? My husband and I survived 3 different breweries AND dinner tonight. Can I also just say that now that it's getting cold, I'm excited to see what Litsy's first winter is like? I know everyone on this app knows how to get cozy AF with a good book and I can't wait to see how we all evolve in the winter months. Cheers!

saresmoore 🍻🎉 3y
BibliOphelia Is today the actual day? It's mine! 3y
Zelma 😂 I totally understand your excitement. Litsy is going to make this winter even cozier! 3y
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britt_brooke Happy birthday! 3y
Texreader Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎁!!! 3y
James Happy Birthday 🎂 3y
Soubhiville Happy birthday!🎁🎂🎊 3y
courtney @BibliOphelia @britt_brooke @Texreader @james @Soubhiville thanks guys! It was my husband @Pete 's birthday on the 19th, we just celebrated yesterday ☺️@Zelma seriously! There's going to be so many cuddly animals, beautiful snow pictures, nice looking blankets and warm beverages and I CANT WAIT 3y
courtney @Zelma for some reason the tag didn't work in my comment up there! 👆🏻 3y
rachellayown Happy birthday! 🎉 🎂 📚 🎉 3y
Zelma @courtney 😆 yes, there are going to be amazing pictures this winter!!! 👍 3y
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rachellayown
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Sometimes popcorn, but always my home brewed kombucha. #readingsnacks

Alfoster Love Kombucha! 3y
rachellayown Me too @Alfoster ! Do you make it? 3y
Alfoster No, my daughters do, though, I get it at Costco. Would love to make my own! 3y
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Alfoster How hard is it?? 3y
rachellayown It's actually really easy! I was intimidated to try it, but I love doing it now. 3y
rachellayown If your daughters make it then maybe you can get a scooby (starter) from them? Let me know if you try it or have questions! 3y
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jpmcwisemorgan
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Look what I found in the wild - if you call Jamba Juice the wild! Michael Pollan's work is well-done. He puts effort into his research and writes to a general public so it's not stuffy.

SoniaC I've read several of his books and always enjoy them. 4y
jpmcwisemorgan @SoniaC Audible was running a special on a particular narrator's work and one of the books was something by Pollan. I think the special is still on and because you already like Pollan you might enjoy an audio version of his work. Could be another good choice for your foray into audio. 4y
SoniaC Awesome I'll look into it. 4y
BookBabe Mmmmm, Jamba Juice. 😋 4y
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Bailedbailed

I gave up on this one. I really liked a couple of his other books, but this one didn't really have a narrative like those, and it's a bit preachy. I totally agree with him, but I don't think I need to read the rest of a book that I've been slogging through to know that.

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AliReads
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Reading about rising obesity while listening to the sound of rain and fireworks is honestly the most American thing I've done today. #oops

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AliReads
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It's late, after long hours of packing, but gotta read while you can.

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Jaimie
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Seems like appropriate breakfast reading.

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Kluckleesie
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In an age where food is processed ingredients and a meal is a burger in the car stuck in traffic, Michael Pollan and this book serve to remind us that real food is worth slowing down for. Grow food, cook and revel in the pleasure of eating. And absolutely read this book.

Dolly Michael Pollan's books have changed my life. This and The Omnivore's Dilemma are on my top ten all time list. A must read for anyone who eats! 4y
Kluckleesie @Dolly my hubby got this one for me. It's his first that I have read and I loved it. We try to grow as much of our own food as we can and we raise our own meat. And we love to eat. Haha so Pollan definitely speaks my language. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This book made me chuckle and still taught me a tremendous amount. 🍇🍒🍆🌶🍵 4y
Kluckleesie @BarbaraTheBibliophage I just ordered another one of his. This is the most excited about nonfiction I get. Haha 4y
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hjg1223
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"Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food" A good rule of thumb when choosing items at the supermarket.

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