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Jan 13, 2008 09:52 PM

Michael Pollan - In Defense of Food

I was watching C-Span. Michael Pollan was speaking before an audience in the Free Library of Philadelphia reading room and the discussion seemed to center around his book "In Defense of Food". I've never read any of his work, nor did I have any prior knowledge of him, but I have to admit that I found him to be very informative and quite entertaining. Anyone else agree?

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  1. His "Omnivore's Dilemma" is must reading. I just started "In Defense of Food" today, and I can tell this will be good.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      ITA about "Omnivore's". If you're interested in food and what we eat in the US, and why, it's a fantastic read.

      I'm looking forward to "In Defense of Food". ChinoWayne, let us know how you liked it when you're done.

      1. re: coney with everything

        It's another great Pollan read. He gets into the history and politics of how we got into the current sad state of affairs in the mega food industry (basically the center aisles of your basic grocery store) and ends with some recommendations both for personal health and as a consumer and for social health. The byline of the book is "Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much." which sums it up pretty well but the points he makes leading to that condensed summation are very revealing.

    2. I just bought this book and will report back after I'm done. :)

      1. This is a great distillation of Pollan's work. I predict that many more people will read it than read TOD. It's a lot shorter and very accessible. His writing style sucks you in from the gitgo, and there's a bit of shocking info on just about every page. Don't wait -- go out and get this book.

        1. I also just started 'In Defense of Food' and will be very interested in hearing others' opinions on it. As soon as I read the blurb on the back I knew I had to get it.

          1. Excellent book. It's a message every chowhound can get behind - real food over fake food. Butter over margarine. Jerkey over slim jims. Fresh fruit over Skittles. Vegetables over vitamin supplements.

            Pollan does a great job being informative without being boring, and preaching without being pushy or pedantic. He really tears apart the nutritional science profession, food processing industry, and USDA policymakers, backing up his arguments with history and sound journalism. And at 200 pages, it's a lot more approachable than Omnivore's Dilemma.