Excellent in all aspects. The reader, the author, the topic! Eyes opened wide to the benefits of eating whole food and eliminating the unhealthy processed and fast food that is basically ruining our health. Sad that our "western diet" had spread to other countries increasing obesity, heart disease and diabetes. If you want to know more read Salt, Sugar & Fat by Michael Moss.
I read omnivores dilemma, loving it so, I decided to pick this one up and give it a try. While his former was at the gym be a logical, this one focuses on a more singular scale. Beautifully written and laced with beautiful logic.
I loved this book. I have read about this subject but never a full book. What I liked so much about it was the simple concept of eating real food. I loved the way the author/reader drove the point home that we are all being fooled by the marketing of fake food. Before I completed this book I was already at the farmer's market getting my fruits and vegetables. I made a list of all the real food I bought, and I plan to see exactly how much per meal I will spend. Whatever the cost, my family and I are worth every penny.
I grew up in America in the 80's at the height of America's reinvention (or perhaps the acceleration) of what it considered heathy and what it called food. My mom, I very much appreciate, cooked us a hot meal every day. But as a newlywed, I was a little concerned that a third of the recipes I had accumulated began with a can of cream of chicken and chicken breast. When I spent time living in Japan, I was surprised how many of the "rules" of healthy eating that traditional Japanese cooking broke, but they seemed healthier regardless. Traditional Japanese cuisine included far more actual food, much more vegetables and much, much less sugar. It also tasted amazing. Pollan does a tremendous job of documenting how we got to be where we are dietarily (in America), and offers useful suggestions on how we can get back on course. Thanks to this book, I finally made it over to our local farmer's market, something I had been meaning to do for some time.
I would also highly recommend French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon (even if you don't have kids) for a fascinating inside view of how the French approach eating (and ideas on how we could improve our Western approach), and Culinary Intelligence (sadly not an audiobook last I checked) by Peter Kaminsky, if like me, you aspire to up your taste level in order to improve your overall well being.
Very interesting view on statistics manipulated by food products marketers and corrupt authorities. Manual on how to survive against the national epidemics.
as a cook I really see what this book is about. no one should be fooled to think the chicken from one establishment doesn't come out of the same truck as any other. as a restaurant it is hard to get food unless the purchaser or owner finds it themselves and then is able to crunch the numbers and put it on the menu which means a lot of logistics. but if the customer doesn't want it then a lot of loss. would be great to cook amazing things, but I also want to pay my powerbill and allow my children not live in poverty either.
Get educated and learn to cook! great book and great ideas. if you care about your health this book is the reality you need