Getting back to basics is so easy, yet we make it so difficult for ourselves. Great analogies that help keep what is important in the front of your mind. I like the one about if your great grandmother were to read a package's ingredients, would she recognize it as food? Well then it probably isn't. When the soda company suggests that Cherry Cola is a health food because of the antioxidants found in the few drops of real cherry in the vat... you know it has gone too far. We should all read it, and then read it again.
I read nothing that is popular.
I probably won't change my diet because I'm happy at what I'm consuming to fuel my body. I don't eat junk, but I also can eat better. In Defense of Food is not your typical food bashing book on why you shouldn't eat meat and be a vegan, but In Defense of Food defends of what you eat already, but also makes us think beyond the supermarket, like free range meat, eating spicy foods and eating all types of foods to balance our body, meaning we should eat meat as a side dish, instead of being the main course.
Just because it is organic, doesn't mean that it is always good for you, like organic potato chips, organic soda, and whatever else that they can market us to as being healthy.
The author is trying to prove that food is also a trend, like a fashion show, but we should go back to the basic and expand our taste buds beyond the food groups. I like this book because it also defends the traditional diet over a plant base diet.
Instead of eating for quantity, we should eat for quality. If we pay more for our food, we will eat less and have better diet.
Food Politics by Marion Nestle is a good companion title to followup this book.
Audible is the soundtrack to my busy, city-walking life!
Life changing information
The message about Big Food having a very palpable political influence
The sociological experiment with the indigenous tribe that had started moving into urban centers, also the psychological associations with food in Americans vs other nationalities.
Made me laugh in parts.
I LOVE MICHAEL POLLAN!!! You can't eat without reading all his books if you care about your health (and the health of the planet) at all!
Great history of 'nutritionists' and the misguided uses of nutritional information by the food industry.
A little too long for one sitting, but definitely one that you want to hear all the way through.
Didn't read the print version
"You are what you eat eats"
Great view on diet and nutrition. While you can take exception to the fact that the authors disses nutrition science yet uses it to support his own contentions, the main arguments are supportable and make scientific sense. The reader was very good.
The information is well worth knowing, very important. Thank you Michael Pollan.
I know I will listen to this book again and again, though I would like it better if Mr. Brick did not sound so sarcastic as he often does during his performance. Even though the information is shocking and does make a person angry, I see Mr. Pollan as a bridge to a better way of thinking. I prefer to think that if Mr. Pollan were to read this book he would not sound so sarcastic.
My side obsessed with healthy living enjoyed the nutrition details of this book and my engineering side enjoyed the scientific evidence presented. The author did not take sides; the listening was smooth and easy to do. A must for anyone wanting to improve his health in this consumerism based un-healthy diet filled world.
I thought the story was great. Not so sure what other posters liked so much about the reader though. I thought the added inflection gave the book an arrogant sound. But that's not a dealbreaker. Great buy.
I have read Michael Pollan's other book, the Omnivore's Dilemma, so I was somewhat familiar with the subject matter. But this book makes it personal. Eating is such an important thing, yet we spend so little time thinking about it. I am sure that if we all followed just some of his common sense approach to nourishment, we'd all be much healthier. This is not a book about diets or fads or denying yourself the pleasures of food. This is a book to teach you how to eat - because as a culture, we have forgotten how. We spend so much time watching TV or driving to/from work or aimlessly surfing the net - spend some time reading this book and you (and your family) will be the better for it.
The voice is so melodramatic and exaggerated that it distracts from the content of the book. It's a nonfiction book and the narrator reads it as if it were theater performance--extremely annoying. The book itself is decent; its survey of the recent history of the food industry and "nutritionism" is very informative.
Pollan presents a very good brief history of the food industry and "nutritionism."