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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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    Dr. 06-25-17
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    "A must read!"

    This book completely changed the way I look at food. A must read for anyone that eats.

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    Whittaker Chambers Baltimore, MD 04-25-17
    Whittaker Chambers Baltimore, MD 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brutal narration"

    Sorry Michael, I could only get through about an hour of your book. The guy doing the narration is excruciating. Just read the damn book! Desk jockeys are less annoying.

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    PS San Francisco 03-31-17
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    "Some good takeaways"

    This book surprised me in terms of the number of good rules-of-thumbs proposed for healthier eating. Lucid and honest style. Worth reading if you want to understand how to be a better eater.

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    BrittanyHirsch 03-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, meh narrating"

    I LOVED the content of this book, but the narrator sounded strangely cocky. It was hard to get over at first, but you learn to ignore it and just focus on the content. Can't wait to read Pollan's other works!

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    Gabriela 02-28-17
    Gabriela 02-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Two and a half stars"

    The information this book provides is fine, but it would easily fit in a much shorter title. It gets repetitive and very boring at times. I'm a big fan of essays, so I know it's not just the genre. The narrator's voice is clear, but gives me the impression of being constantly chastising its audience.

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    Dev 02-24-17
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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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    "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
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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 dog 01-19-17
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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
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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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