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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

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Scott Brick

6 Hours 30 Minutes

Penguin Audio

January 2008

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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Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science.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.

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  • Philip J.

    definitely worth the read! was a bit slow at parts however by making his points and advices given at the end, i appreciate the pacing.

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  • Kateland Clarke

    Very eye opening, a really interesting listen to anyone interested in health and food.

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  • Daniel C.

    It’s a very interesting book. I appreciate that it’s not all about what scientists have found regarding food but actually the opposite. It makes such good points about what has happened with our diets and how we view food and it discusses it from a political, social and even cultural pov.

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