In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food

eBook - 2008
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Examines eating habits in light of contemporary trends toward ultra diet-consciousness. Presents arguments for more tradition- and ecology-based approaches to eating rather than regarding foods in more scientific or clinical terms.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780143142744
Branch Call Number: 613 P7609i 2008 CD
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott
Penguin Audio (Firm)


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DPLjosie Apr 14, 2018

Definitely an interesting read (listen), but I wasn't totally sold on the narrator. He had a very sophisticated accent that I didn't feel matched well with the material, nor making the subject accessible to a wide audience.

Aug 30, 2017

Very good book full of good information which will make you think.
Pollan is an excellent writer, presenting technical information in a readable and understandable way to the average person.

librarylizzard Sep 15, 2014

This book is a must-read (or listen) for anyone wanting to learn more about the state of food in today's world. It is clear, concise, and not at all dull. Pollan's advice ("Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.") may sound simple, however the majority of us get snagged by the first sentence. What modern industry defines as "food" does not fit Pollan's definition. In a nutshell, anything your grandmother would not have recognized on sight or on an ingredient list probably doesn't qualify. Most modern convenience foods and snacks (think hot pockets and twinkies) are not food but rather "food-like products." Moving back to simple, organic foods is the only surefire way to reduce risk of afflictions such as diabetes and heart disease. Pollan also launches a campaign against nutritionism, or the belief that a healthy diet rests not in foods themselves, but the micro-nutrients they contain. I could say so much more, but if your interest is stirred I encourage you to let Pollan explain it himself!

Jun 20, 2012

I have been recommended this book by several people and was glad I finally got around to reading it.

There is a lot of information about food and nutrition floating around out there. I was especially confused by the recent commotion over high fructose corn syrup. Some people were saying it was perfectly safe, others were saying it wasn't, but no one had any proof to their claims. As a scientist, that bothered me.

In this book, Pollan starts out by giving a history of 'nutritionism.' He then talks about the more recent happenings in food, including discussing the 'cults' of fats, carbohydrates, omega 3 fatty acids, and even high fructose corn syrup. Just as you're feeling as though you won't ever be able to eat healthfully, he gives a detailed explanation of how to do just that and why you should do it.

The only thing I didn't like about this audiobook was the narrator. I looked him up and found he's an award winning narrator, but I don't particularly like his inflections in this book. It makes Pollan's words sound more...snobby. It took a lot of getting used to.

Feb 17, 2011

This is a wonderful book, filled with excellent information that really makes you think. There are some shocking facts to digest but overall well worth reading.


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