Michael Pollan's In Defence of Food is a simple invitation to junk the science, ditch the diet and instead rediscover the joys of eating well.
This book is a celebration of food. By food, Michael Pollan means real, proper, simple food - not the kind that comes in a packet, or has lists of unpronounceable ingredients, or that makes nutritional claims about how healthy it is. More like the kind of food your great-grandmother would recognize.
By following a few pieces of advice (Eat at a table - a desk doesn't count. Don't buy food where you'd buy your petrol!), you will enrich your life and your palate, and enlarge your sense of what it means to be healthy and happy.
It's time to fall in love with food again.
'Brings home the real wonder of eating food'
'Instantly makes redundant all diet books and 99 per cent of discussions around healthy eating ... Sense, at last'
'Pollan invites us to grab our pots and pans and cook some real food for dinner'
'Read this witty book for a healthier life and diet'
Fay Maschler, Keynote
'A must-read ... satisfying, rich ... loaded with flavour'
For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. His most recent book, about the ethics and ecology of eating, is The Omnivore's Dilemma, named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is also the author of The Botany of Desire, A Place of My Own and Second Nature.
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'If you're prone to pondering the nutritional advice we're spoon-fed by 'experts', this book is a very necessary antidote' Timeout 'In Defence of Food ... instantly makes redundant all diet books and 99 per cent of discussions around healthy eating' Daily Mail 'Read this witty book for a healthier life and diet' Times 'Eminently sensible' Evening Standard 'His approach is steeped in honesty and self-awareness. His cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling' Washington PostFrom the Publisher:
From the bestselling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma comes In Defence of Food and the Omnivore's Solution for a new way of eating in the New Year...:
1: Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognise as food
2: Avoid foods containing ingredients you can't pronounce
3: Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot
4: Avoid food products that carry health claims
5: Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle
6: Better yet, buy your food somewhere else: farmers' markets or the CSA
7: Pay more, eat less
8: Eat a wide diversity of species
9: Eat food from animals that eat grass
10: Cook and, if you can, grow some of your own food
11: Eat meals and eat them only at tables
12: Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure
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