Narrated with an exactly appropriate tone, this book challenges our conventional view of eating, and encourages a return to the fundamental relationship man has with food. Pollan carefully reveals the catastrophic habits of the western diet, yet avoids condemnation, a pitfall of many proponents for organic health. Instead, he inspires the common man with an argument for simpler and better health, all based on a sturdy foundation of logic and current science.
As usual Pollan writes a meticulously researched book that is both engaging and thought provoking. The reader, while competently and clearly articulating, doesn't seem to personally connect with the material. .
In short: the garden. Everything I've read by Michael Pollan teaches me more about food, and what it means to be the human link in a complex world of food. As a total fast American, I suffer from fast food life too. This book made me consider how best I can use my time to get back to the garden, and back to the kitchen.
My fiancee and made a taco dinner last night in 10 minutes, with nothing but fresh chopped whole foods and organic taco shells. Is that really slower than waiting in line for take-out?
Solid follow up to Omnivore's Delema with lots of interesting data I never imagined which showed the level of research performed.
Not profound or particularly moving, but a good summary & synthesis of the current state of nutritionism and environmentalist agriculture. The gist of it is a bit daunting: basically find more time, more money, and do more work.
Full of lots of great information. Gets you thinking and motivates you to think about what you're putting in your mouth. Would definitely listen to more books by this author. Narration was great also.
I always enjoy Michael Pollan's books. Scott Brick is a good narrator. In Defense of Food focuses more on the health benefits of a whole food diet rather than the ecological benefits. Although I learned a lot from this book I still prefer The Omnivore's Dilemma and Cooked in terms of writing style. Pollan is an excellent storyteller and that doesn't come out as much is this book.