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.
Michael Pollan has some very good information in this book, and Scott Brick portrays it very well in the reading. Michael backs up his information with studies (but then who doesn't) but it makes you look at the food you are eating in a different light. I highly recommend this book.
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.