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In Defense of Food Audiobook

In Defense of Food

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"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These are the first words of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Scott Brick narrates these opening sentences with slowly paced emphasis and a nicely modulated deftness, with a hint of coyness. The coyness is Pollan's. For what else can one eat but food? And why does eating need a manifesto? Pollan answers that we increasing do not eat food (whole food) but rather consume processed "food products". We are in "The Age of Nutritionism". Pollan's In Defense of Food is a richly developed polemic against the unhealthful food culture that the ideology of nurtitionism represents. The book is as well a de facto manual for growing and eating our way out of it.

Brick is a compelling spokesman for Pollan's argument. He brings to In Defense of Food a voice in the baritone-to-tenor range, with an always on-the-mark sonic focus matched with a point of expressive emphasis that constantly shifts, as Brick makes his flawless and fluent runs up and down and within his octave ranges. Brick's doing all of this can only be achieved by natural talent, disciplined training, and smart reading — joined by a mastery of a quite large array of narrative and expressive skills.

It is very likely that somewhere in some academic haven there are specific concepts and a precise language that could quantify and describe what goes on with Brick's narrative voice. In the end, though, it all comes down to art. Using, with apologies, an extended metaphor, that of jazz: Brick picks up his axe (saxophone), fingering the notes and changing the octaves with the keys; with his fine set of chops (lips) applies the pressure onto the sax's mouth piece and reed, and, modulating the breath and applying nuances of feeling and expression, blows -- that is, in jazz-speak -- plays. The well-argued and passionate polemic that is In Defense of Food is, in this audio production, a show piece showcasing Scott Brick's narrative range and dexterity. —David Chasey

Publisher's Summary

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore's Dilemma. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." These "edible food-like substances" are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false or misleading. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by "nutrients," and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Michael Pollan's sensible and decidedly counterintuitive advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food."

In looking toward traditional diets the world over, as well as the foods our families-and regions-historically enjoyed, we can recover a more balanced, reasonable, and pleasurable approach to food. Michael Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives and enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy.

©2008 Michael Pollan; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"[Narrator] Scott Brick brings the necessary energy, pacing, and articulation to what promises to be one of this year's most popular and provocative titles.... Brick carries this manifesto against nutrition science and food manufacturers with the voice of indictment - unflinching, unflagging, and fired by conviction." (AudioFile)

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    Amanda HOUSTON, TX, United States 01-16-16
    Amanda HOUSTON, TX, United States 01-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "eye opening!"

    motivated me to go to a farmers market and to start spending more time cooking and enjoying my food. I need to be the example for my son and change!

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    "Must read if you care about your health"

    If you suspect that you should be changing the way you eat in order to lead a healthier and happier life, read this book, and you will find the inspiration to do it.

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    ShellieJ Orlando, FL 12-09-15
    ShellieJ Orlando, FL 12-09-15
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    Would you listen to In Defense of Food again? Why?

    Yes, no matter what your dietary preferences, this book shines a light on the problem areas and let's you navigate your own way in between. I eat a plant based diet most of the time, but meat and dairy eaters will not be talked down to in this book and you will learn the best ways to work them into your diet.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Only if it were fiction. His dramatic reading of the subject almost ruined it for me. It was almost like a joke. Like a caricature of a dramatic reading. I've heard Michael Pollan speak and I would rather he had just read it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a detailed eating plan or any specific guidelines, you wont find them. I found myself searching online for "What bread or cracker would Michael Pollan approve of?" I'm pretty nutritionally savvy but I was still unclear of how "whole" the bread had to be. Did I need to grind my own wheat berries? Could my bread come out of a package?

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    abdullah saudia arabia 11-17-15
    abdullah saudia arabia 11-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "best book in food science"

    if you want to know how industry and nitrishinism played in our diet please read this book one of the best books in food science in red in my life

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    Ian 10-02-15
    Ian 10-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read for anyone going into nutrition ed!"

    Was recommended to me through our universities' "Student Dietetic Association Book Club". As an aspiring sports nutritionist, the book laid out some very sensible, however forgotten advice (at least to us Americans)

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    Christine Pemberton 09-03-15
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    "Get this book in print form"

    Great book. The narrator is hard to get used to. He would be better reading fiction. The info in the book is wonderful so I recommend getting it in print form.

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    megan joseph 09-02-15
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    "Very science based"

    This was an eye opening book. There are no gimmicks, just plain common sense ideas. However, these ideas have eluded us in all the crap of information out there. I highly recommend this book to clear up misunderstandings.

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    Sheila 07-19-15
    Sheila 07-19-15
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    "Inspiring and Informative"

    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.

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    Karla Tonella 07-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book boring reader"

    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. .

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    David 06-17-15
    David 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!!!"

    Great subject matter and delivery. I have bought three copies for my friends. I highly recommend it.

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