In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto Paperback – 7 May 2009
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'If you're prone to pondering the nutritional advice we're spoon-fed by 'experts', this book is a very necessary antidote' Timeout 'In Defence of Food ... instantly makes redundant all diet books and 99 per cent of discussions around healthy eating' Daily Mail 'Read this witty book for a healthier life and diet' Times 'Eminently sensible' Evening Standard 'His approach is steeped in honesty and self-awareness. His cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling' Washington Post
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From the bestselling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma comes In Defence of Food and the Omnivore's Solution for a new way of eating in the New Year...:
1: Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognise as food
2: Avoid foods containing ingredients you can't pronounce
3: Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot
4: Avoid food products that carry health claims
5: Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle
6: Better yet, buy your food somewhere else: farmers' markets or the CSA
7: Pay more, eat less
8: Eat a wide diversity of species
9: Eat food from animals that eat grass
10: Cook and, if you can, grow some of your own food
11: Eat meals and eat them only at tables
12: Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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The book begins by looking at modern food (i.e. processed food) and investigated how this `improved' food has impacted upon the health of the last few generations. The results show just how the food we are eating really is affecting our health despite all the miraculous health claims the packaging may have been making. But Pollan goes on to look at the even bigger picture of how this same food may be affecting more than just health, but behaviour of people and just how the "ready in 20 mins" food may effect the family unit too. He goes on to expose some of the lies that the food industries are making with their health claims and just how the inclusion, or exclusion, of certain vitamins, oils etc can actually be having adverse effects upon our health.
I must admit you begin to feel a little hopeless at this point, however this is where the real brilliance begins.
In the final third of the book Pollan explains how we can reclaim the power over our diets and health. He does this, not in some complicated diet, i.e. GI, Atkins, Calorie counting or any of the other ridiculous `weight loss' diets (personal opinion), but by simple easy to follow guidelines (i.e. if a food has more than 5 ingredients, most of which you can't pronounce, then don't by it, or even simpler, buy food that your Great Gran would recognise (that's the yogurt in a tube out then)).Read more ›
This is not a diet book, it is an anti-diet book. It arms you with all the tools you need to make up your own mind about food.
It is easy to become almost evangelical about this book, but it is a really important piece of work. Nutritionalists should not worry, the world still needs you, but this book makes you wonder about the way that major corporations use this information to boost profits.
Pollan demonizes reductive science because that has been the tool of the corporate interests. However reduction in science is a method breaks things down into individual parts, a method that is handy for some kinds of problems. When we cannot break down the problem effectively, as in the case with food, reductive science is less capable and we must give greater weight to historical science. We must look at entire cuisines and the social situations in which food is eaten to understand our nutritional relationship to what we eat and how. Sometimes it is the case the whole IS greater than the sum of the parts. In the case of even a single food, such as an orange or an apple or leaf of spinach, it is not currently possible to identify reductively just what it is about the food that makes it healthy for us to eat. Indeed, as Pollan argues, there may well be synergistic effects from a single food to an entire cuisine that are essential to good eating.Read more ›
Pollan uses a pleasant style and a usefully skeptical attitude towards the faddish nutritional science of the past decades to launch a critique on the industrial process of food production in the Western world, which has made us at the same time less healthy, fatter, and less nourished. As Pollan shows, typical 'rich' diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, coronary disease, stroke and so forth are directly and invariably correlated to following the broadly defined 'Western diet' (which despite Pollan using this name is really mostly the American diet). This, in turn, is caused partially by an excessive focus on single 'good' or 'bad' nutrients in food science, which eliminates both the interplay of various elements in given foodstuffs as they relate to our health, partially by the social and cultural contexts of food being ignored in such science, leading to useless and confusing study results, and finally in part by the food industry bribing and cajoling governments and researchers alike to make these practices suit their profit needs. He calls this 'nutritionism', following an Australian researcher on the same topic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. It is well written and inspires and annoys (governments and the food industry do not have our best interests at heart!) in equal measure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lorna F
I think this book is an informative and entertaining read. Perhaps the main thrust of Michael Pollan's defense of food is that it promotes the idea that we should eat real or to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Robert Marsland
This book changed my view on food and all things related. Mr Pollan explains things really well and his writing style is great. The book is very captivating. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alicja
A very persuasive treatise on food. Pollan explains why nutritional advice has not worked out well over the years - individual foodstuffs contain so many different substances that... Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Jordan
Quite the most interesting book about food and nutrition that I've read in a very long time. This is the sort of information that growing children should be taught - it would lead... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gourmet Lady
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