By not being afraid to question the science behind food research and addressing the business of food production, Pollan presents a solid, common sense approach to eating healthy and the state of food in our culture. The narration of this book, however, intoned too much personal opinion, even sarcasm, for non-fiction work. For me, the narrator undermined the integrity of the book which is not at all prevalent in its written form.
Put together the answers I have read a million books to find about health and nutrition.
Good info, good ideas, great research. Pollan is brilliant.
The narrator read this like it was a novel of some sort. He sounded sarcastic and trite at times.
read this now
the criterion of how to shop
getting it read
the part about corn being shoved down our throats
No, Its not that I disagreed with him but...it got very boring and lacking of facts.
Don't think I will, I might ask for a refund for this book.
His style is a bit better for fiction than non fiction.
I'm going to be honest...listening to this book is punishment. The narration makes listening unbearable.
The negative approach to this book made it almost unbearable. The book didn't defend a whole food diet but rather took a very confrontational offensive approach to the poor dietary choices we make today.
I like Michael Pollan, but this book was definitely not one of his best.
Good narration-poor story to tell
What a waste of my listening time.
The overall thesis of this book is interesting and in my opinion valid: "Eat food. Not to much. Mostly plants". The underlying point, that both what we eat and how it is produced has changed dramatically over the past forty years, is interesting and generally substantiated.
However, the book was extremely repetitive. The same theme was hit over and over again without going into more detail each time. Overall I found this book was not researched well enough and relied far to much on generalities. Particularly annoying was the unsubstantiated and oft repeated claim that 'traditional diets' are healthier than modern diets. Although this may be true, Pollan provides no evidence for this, nor does he even try to take on the obvious rebuttal that we live far longer today than we ever did on 'traditional diets'.
As I am already sympathetic to the underlying cause, I really hoped this book would be more convincing than it actually was.