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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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    Dev 02-24-17
    Dev 02-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "away from nutrition, close to wellness."

    made me think I don't need to eat the most perfect nutritional meal, and rather eat what I like for my overall wellness with people who I enjoy being with. since nutrition science has not cracked the code, we shall do what makes us feel happy and healthy

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    Amazon Customer 01-31-17
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    "AMAZING"

    If you want live longer and healthier, u have to get this book. Plus guy who reads this book does an amazing job.

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    Andrew Hart 01-30-17
    Andrew Hart 01-30-17 Member Since 2016

    A Chicago Illinois Resident, Enthralled with reading the classics, Informative, Biographies and action and adventure.

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    "A Good Food Read"

    I have read a few other food books but this one is very good at keeping it at a high level and not getting caught up in all of the details that goes into our food today. Worth a listen

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    Kindle Customer 01-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful"

    loved it it's nice to hear simple common sense. I'm so tired of industry making something so simple so very complicated

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    Brandi 01-09-17
    Brandi 01-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Food Simplified "

    Very good book! I had trouble getting used to the narrator's voice, but it got better.
    The "rules" suggested are things that, as a farmer, I forget not everybody realizes. They remind you to slow down, enjoy your food, and the work put into it.
    Definitely recommend this book!

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    T. Neate 01-07-17
    T. Neate 01-07-17
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    "Narration so theatrical and distracting"

    Why ruin a perfectly excellent book with such theatrical and distracting pomp and flair narration ? I got so tired of rewinding to try hear the actual content that I gave up on listening to this.

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    awood 01-06-17
    awood 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent book. This guy Nails it"

    one of those books that changes your life. It is told in a compelling way and the narrator it does an excellent job. The principles truly are life-changing.

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    Rulo b. 12-20-16
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    "a great read"

    Good book to read for aspiring chefs as my self and anybody who cares about what they eat.

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    S. Atkins 10-11-16
    S. Atkins 10-11-16

    A bookworm who discovered the life hack that is audiobooks in January 2016. Personal development, history, and literary fiction are my faves

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    "Reinforcement Of The New Common Sense"

    Knowledge reinforced by this book:

    -Eat whole foods, avoid processed, man made creations.
    -Growth hormones and industrialization are part of this.
    -You can reverse a bad diet.
    -Nutrition science isn't yet a whole and comprehensive science.
    -Our diet has been changing based on fads and marketing. Grandma's cooking doesn't make money.
    -Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes rates are skyrocketing despite a constant influx of new nutritional information and low fat, processed diet themed products.
    -Fruits, veggies, and whole grains are missing from most people's diets.
    -Looking at nutrients alone doesn't give us the whole picture of the benefits of food.

    All of this information is presented in an entertaining narrative style using statistical information, research, anthropological studies and some cultural comparisons. The audiobook narrator was suitable for the content and didn't make it boring. The information isn't necessarily ground breaking or new as I feel that I've been hearing it everywhere so I do feel that reading this is just a reinforcement of it.

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    Mindy Coeur dAlene, ID, United States 10-02-16
    Mindy Coeur dAlene, ID, United States 10-02-16 Member Since 2016

    Global citizen. Loves reading, but most of all traveling. If I cannot travel today, let me sit in sunshine and nature with a good book!

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    "Finally done!"

    This book took forever to read as I found the Narration very difficult to listen to. Ironically, the last 90 minutes were the most interesting info. Happy to delete this book.

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