In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food

By Michael Pollan

  • Release Date: 2008-01-01
  • Genre: Diet & Nutrition
  • Size: 1.12 MB
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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Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science.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.

"Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation's food conscience."—Frank Bruni, The New York Times

" A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave."—The Washington Post

"A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential... [a] lively, invaluable book."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"In Defense of Food is written with Pollan's customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots."—The Seattle Times

Michael Pollan’s most recent food book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it served as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.

Pollan is also the author of How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence 


  • Knowledge is power!

    By Running Mommy :-)
    This book will give you the knowledge to take the power of choice back from industry. You will have the wisdom to make the best choice for you and your family. Great job again Michael!
  • Highly recommend. Changed the way I eat and see food.

    By tenderweave
    This book isn't meant to scare you, but to enlighten you.
  • Life-changing

    By The Pixel Pilot
    There's an extremely short list of books I've ever read that have changed my life irrevocably. 'Photoshop for Dummies' helped define a career path that I'm still on today, some 20 years after I read it. 'Eat Food, Mostly Plants, Not Too Much,' has changed the way I view the endeavor of sustenance permanently. There is so much wisdom in this short book I wouldn't know where to begin. Suffice to say, that if you wish to live a longer, healthier, and an eminently more satisfying life. This book is a must-read. Bravo!
  • Excellent!

    By DrDra
    I was first introduced to the idea of CSAs and Wendell Berry when I took a course at Penn State University by an amazing professor Madhu Prakash. After the course, I made a commitment to connect more with eating. I joined a CSA and now I am educating myself and my family about the history of food...and what are we really eating? This book was an excellent read that I could easily understand. I will now have to buy a hard copy just so I can have others read it!
  • Great information but not an easy read.

    By Tddubb
    Great information but not an easy read.
  • Excellent

    By LudafroQ
    Excellent book. Gets repetitive at times in the first half but is reasonable. The premise itself that food is greater than the sum of it's parts is well expounded and leaves it to the reader to act and continue reading, rather than being and anti-nutritionist manifest... Most of the time.
  • Informative

    By KenousC
    This book introduced me to some ideas about food that I never would have thought about on my own. It certainly helps to get the backstory on how the food industry's desire for more money has inspired misinformation on nutrition related topics to United States inhabitants over the years. I plan to put many of the author's ideas in to practice.
  • You are what you read

    By Veggiedelight83
    I am consistently impressed with Pollan's work. His points are substantial and backed with simple and easy to understand facts and opinions. Once again, he has taken the complex issue of the evolution of food and the idea of modern nutrition back to the very basics, and made this accessible to all.
  • Excellent read

    By robsojon
    Deals in common sense mainly, but sometimes it takes a book like this to make you stop and think a little more. Excellent read!