9780143114963

In Defense of Food : An Eater's Manifesto

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    9780143114963

  • ISBN10:

    0143114964

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/28/2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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Summary

The companion volume to The New York Timesbestseller The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan's lastbook , The Omnivore's Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now In Defense of Foodshows us how to change it, one meal at a time. Pollan proposes a new 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.

Author Biography

Michael Pollan is the author of four previous books, including The Omnivore-'s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, both New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley.

Table of Contents

In Defense Of Food Introduction: An Eater's Manifesto

I. The Age Of Nutritionism

One: From Foods to Nutrients
Two: Nutritionism Defined
Three: Nutritionism Comes to Market
Four: Food Science's Golden Age
Five: The Melting of the Lipid Hypothesis
Six: Eat Right, Get Fatter
Seven: Beyond the Pleasure Principle
Eight: The Proof in the Low-Fat Pudding
Nine: Bad Science
Ten: Nutritionism's Children

II. The Western Diet And The Diseases of Civilization

One: The Aborigine in All of Us
Two: The Elephant in the Room
Three: The Industrialization of Eating: What We Do Know
1. From Whole Foods to Refined
2. From Complexity to Simplicity
3. From Quality to Quantity
4. From Leaves to Seeds
5. From Food Culture to Food Science

III. Getting Over Nutritionism

One: Escape from the Western Diet
Two: Eat Food: Food Defined
Three: Mostly Plants: What to Eat
Four: Not Too Much: How to Eat

Acknowledgments
Sources
Resources
Index

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