Friday, January 18, 2008

In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto by Michael Pollan

I could not wait to purchase Michael Pollan's new book In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto. It is a short read and builds upon many of the themes he explores in depth in Omnivores Dilemma, but it is not ever a rehash of Omnivores Dilemma. It is fresh and original.

After years of reading and taking in articles and ideas about nutrition and nutrition science, it was enlightening to finally understand that the emperor has no clothes. Nutrition science is ruining food and the enjoyment of food and is largely bogus.

Pollan probably could better support his thesis, but it was enough evidence for me. I also appreciated the last part with recommendations on how to eat. Not a diet, but more advice for shopping and living that will bring you the most health and the most enjoyment out of food.

I find Pollan's works all to be fascinating discussions of food and the implications of consumption in the larger world. I highly recommend this.


Lynn Romaine said...

Hi - I'm a friend of Alice D-G in B-town and she sent me your blog link. I thought I'd drop by and leave a message about what I'm reading and invite you back to my blog (

I'm reading Ernest Hemingway's A Movable Feastright now and love chewing on every word. As a writer myself, it opens up new layers of observation and ways to use the poetics of words to hopefully enhance my own writing.

I enjoyed reading your column about Michael Pollan.

Lynn Romaine

sweetcakes said...

This is next on my list to read!