I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
The best books affect you, make you think and sometimes they even make you change your day to day habits. This is one of those books, a short read of ground shifting potential. And like all great books I’ve read, it starts with a simple premise and a simple question: Western culture is, by and large, health obsessed and has been for a while. We count calories, we examine fat content, we examine with finite prevision the nutritional makeup of our foods. So why, in a culture of nutritional obsession are we getting sicker and sicker every year?
What the author poses as an answer is, to use his words, that we have removed culture from our eating habits (culture being a word that means your mother). So he examines the food industry for all its faults and suggests an alternative: eat food, not too much, mostly plants. It’s strange that someone would need to spend a whole book defending food but most of what we eat is not, strictly speaking, food. You should read this book, it has made an impact in my life. So go on, get cooking.
Yes, this is a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone that wants to know about food and all the "diets" that have contributed to our health today.
Eat Real Food!
One-time Army Paramedic trades life of lust and danger for safer, sedentary, pursuits like knitting, reading and cats.
I have to admit, even though I truly liked the book and greatly appreciated the information; emotionally it had me in knots, still feel that way. You know you are being marketed to with every food ad or show on tv, in the store and online. It comes down to who you trust to give you factual information about food and you find that everyone has an agenda and that every choice I thought I was making based on good information is probably killing me slowly. For me, reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma first as has been suggested by other reviewers didn’t help me feel any better about this book, but I do recommend it. I can look at my food choices with scrutiny but with a better understanding of why I made that choice and make a plan of how I go forth in becoming better informed about what I eat. I need to know so much more.
If I have any issue with the book, it's that I'm not a "foodie". I'm well traveled and have been exposed to many foods, but I'm not a foodie like you almost have to be in order to eat like Pollen suggest. Also I wish Pollen could given more about the politics of food. Anyone of a lower income and limited access to food choices either by income or access have not much choice than to be a victim of food companies a well as the healthcare system gaining revenue from our poor "nutrition".
Scott Brick for sure (LoL)
no, but I might have to seek him out. I bet he could make the process of grass growing seem like a murder mystery.
The narration done by Scott Brick was well done, if not just a tad bit too dramatic which I’m sure added to my anxiety but in retrospect probably was helpful in presenting what is not a simple issue.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
If you read Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma you don't need to read this one. More of the same. Interesting stuff but I got the point already.
Not enough new ideas
No way. That would be a serious stretch. I guess you could do a documentary.
Everyone should understand the histrory of what we currently are eating - which isn't food but rather food like products.
The given reasons of why we are so confused over what is healthy to eat and what isn't.
He gave the book the feeling that the Author was there in the room with me giving me a lecture worth my time.
Would have liked to but needed to listen to it in installment,
Love to read. Love to write.
I loved this book and since listening to it a couple of months ago, have changed my eating habits and rarely eat processed food anymore - not that I used to eat much of it before, but this motivated me to decide that I pretty much can live quite happily without it. I feel the information is presented in a logical way that not only educates but motivates. Loved Scott Brick's narration. Would, and have, recommended this to many people.
After reading countless diet books, this was a refreshing review of what food really is, and what it is not. I have cancer, and Scott's reminder that overeating not only increases division of normal cells, but also of cancer cells, really stopped me. I have lost 12 pounds already following the simple rules of this book.
None that I can think of
After visiting my doctor and discovering that I have very high levels of cholesterol, I asked him what kind of diet I should be on and he said I should probably just read this book.
This book is an excellent read (listen) that really appeals to logic and common sense. I think Pollan unpacks and often unravels the history and mythologies built into nutrition science and the modern diet in a well researched, well thought out way. I was particularly surprised at some of the massively important decisions made in America's past (like the development of the Food Pyramid) based on rather insubstantial studies and a large amount of commercial lobbying.
If anything I believe this is an important book just for really pointing out how new and underdeveloped the science of nutrition is and how we should all be very wary of headlines such as "New Study reveals XYZ". In fact, I think it's an important lesson in how science itself works and definitely points out some of it's limitations. Not that science itself is flawed, but that it takes time, research, new tools, new minds, new discoveries until it really gets at the heart of the phenomenon being studied. I think this book highlights the dangers of taking new and underdeveloped science and applying it to public policy.
The book itself does seem a little repetitive, and the reader while good, can sound a bit dry (probably more to do with the subject matter). This is generally why I rate it a 4 instead of a 5.
As for the cholesterol issue, I still am left at the end of this book wondering if it's even something I should be worried about? Is it the cause or just and indicator of possible heart disease...or is it pretty much unrelated? Is it fat or carbs or some combination of those and other nutrients that cause it? Regardless, I think this book has pushed me to embrace a new diet in which perhaps it really doesn't matter what the facts end up being because (in addition to good exercise of course) eating what we've essentially evolved to eat should basically let me live as we evolved to live. Pretty simple concept indeed.
It's amazing to me how much food is processed these days! Great information provided in a captivating format. You might think a book on nutrition could be boring, but not in this case. Scott Brick does a fabulous job emitting the emotions of the author.
For some reason, the narrator chose to read this in a smarmy, sing-songy, declamatory style that was extremely annoying. It's a shame, as the book is an important part of the dialogue about health, eating, and the food chain.