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In Defense of Food
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In Defense of Food
An Eater's Manifesto
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#1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of How to Change Your Mind, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Food Rules 
Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?
Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion—most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.
#1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of How to Change Your Mind, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Food Rules 
Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?
Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion—most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.
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  • Michael Pollan is the author of three previous books: Second Nature, A Place of My Own, and The Botany of Desire, which received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best nonfiction work of 2001 and was recognized as a best book of the year by the Am

Table of Contents-
  • In Defense Of FoodIntroduction: An Eater's Manifesto

    I. The Age Of Nutritionism

    One: From Foods to Nutrients
    Two: Nutritionism Defined
    Three: Nutritionism Comes to Market
    Four: Food Science's Golden Age
    Five: The Melting of the Lipid Hypothesis
    Six: Eat Right, Get Fatter
    Seven: Beyond the Pleasure Principle
    Eight: The Proof in the Low-Fat Pudding
    Nine: Bad Science
    Ten: Nutritionism's Children

    II. The Western Diet And The Diseases of Civilization

    One: The Aborigine in All of Us
    Two: The Elephant in the Room
    Three: The Industrialization of Eating: What We Do Know
    1. From Whole Foods to Refined
    2. From Complexity to Simplicity
    3. From Quality to Quantity
    4. From Leaves to Seeds
    5. From Food Culture to Food Science

    III. Getting Over Nutritionism

    One: Escape from the Western Diet
    Two: Eat Food: Food Defined
    Three: Mostly Plants: What to Eat
    Four: Not Too Much: How to Eat

    Acknowledgments
    Sources
    Resources
    Index

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 26, 2007
    In his hugely influential treatise The Omnivore’s Dilemma
    , Pollan traced a direct line between the industrialization of our food supply and the degradation of the environment. His new book takes up where the previous work left off. Examining the question of what to eat from the perspective of health, this powerfully argued, thoroughly researched and elegant manifesto cuts straight to the chase with a maxim that is deceptively simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” But as Pollan explains, “food” in a country that is driven by “a thirty-two billion-dollar marketing machine” is both a loaded term and, in its purest sense, a holy grail. The first section of his three-part essay refutes the authority of the diet bullies, pointing up the confluence of interests among manufacturers of processed foods, marketers and nutritional scientists—a cabal whose nutritional advice has given rise to “a notably unhealthy preoccupation with nutrition and diet and the idea of eating healthily.” The second portion vivisects the Western diet, questioning, among other sacred cows, the idea that dietary fat leads to chronic illness. A writer of great subtlety, Pollan doesn’t preach to the choir; in fact, rarely does he preach at all, preferring to lets the facts speak for themselves.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from September 1, 2014

    Journalist Pollan argues that we should only eat the sort of things that our great grandmothers would recognize.

    Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    January 1, 2008
    Expanding on a theme from his popular The Omnivores Dilemma (2007), Pollan mounts an assault on a reigning theory of the relationship between food and health. For Pollan, nutritionism offers too narrow a view of the role of eating, confining its benefits solely to foods chemical constituents. This has resulted in an unnatural anxiety about the things we humans eat. To counteract this, Pollan appeals to tradition and common sense. The Western diet, with its focus on meat as the principal food, producescardiovascular problems, and nutritionists attempts to correct this with a high-carbohydrate and sugar regimen has served only to spawn a generation of obese diabetics. Although Pollan doesnt advocate eliminating meat or any other whole food, he wants to place vegetables and fruits in the center of things, reassigning meat to the status of a side dish. Given the continuing fascination with Pollans earlier work, this smaller tome will surely generate heavy demand.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

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