The Back of the Book (from Amazon):
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan’s In Defence of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists- all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by “nutrients,” and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals.
Michael Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives and our palates and enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy.
NotJustLaura’s Review: I’d picked up this book before but was too scared to read it until I’d become virtually vegetarian (Mr Pollan tells me I’m a ‘flexitarian’. Sometimes it’s nice to have a label.) I needn’t have worried. There are no horror stories about factory farming in this book. Instead, Mr Pollan looks at where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going food-wise. His approach seems (to this lay-woman) to be well-researched and reasoned and, well, I’m convinced. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. It’s not that hard to do, surely?