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.
The Faithful Traveler
Michael Pollan is great. He does his research and he writes well.
I'd recommend reading/listening to this book AFTER The Omnivore's Dilemma, if you're considering reading/listening to both.
The reader is overly dramatic, but you sort of get used to it. I do wish Pollan would pick a new reader for his next book, though.
Most interesting book that gives a compelling narrative as to why the food industry has corrupted all aspects of eating by its clever marketing of ingredients vs. food, and the associated value judgement that goes with "good" vs. "bad" ingredients, vitamins, lipids, minerals, etc. He also makes a compelling argument for the social aspects of food, spanning pleasure, calories, and nutrition. Absolutely worth reading if you have an interest in food
But perhaps the operative word in that last sentence would be the recommendation to read it. The narrator was awful. Easily understood, but sacharine and sanctimonius, leaving one with the constant and nagging suspcion of being preached to and judged unworthy. Admittedly a hard book to narrate, as it has preachy leanings. But, they could have done better! Hecki, anyone could have done better
It's a pleasure to listen to. I laughed out loud several times. The advice is simple, and I think, right on. It is a fresh informative take on a culturely fraught subject. I recommend listening over reading because the narrator does an excellent job.
He's got a good voice. He's enthusiastic, his timing is good and he seems to be genuinely interested in the contents.
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.
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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.
I couldn't listen to it because the reader was so condescending. I definately won't buy anything else narrated by Scott Brick.
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.