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micki 01-29-2008 07:56 AM

In Defense of Food An Eater's Manifesto
Has anyone read this book yet? Looks interesting.

jezzie 02-16-2008 03:59 AM

I just read a review of this book and will probably buy it within the next few months.


An Omnivore Defends Real Food

As a health writer, I’ve read hundreds of nutrition studies and countless books on diet and eating.

And none of these has contained such useful advice as the cover of Michael Pollan’s latest book,
“In Defense of Food.'’

Wrapped around a head of lettuce are seven words that tell you pretty much everything you need to know about healthful eating.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.'’

jezzie 04-26-2008 04:39 AM


In Defense of Food An Eater's Manifesto
Has anyone read this book yet? Looks interesting.

Well it took me a while micki ...

I will be ordering this book next Thursday.
Will be back here after I actually read it. :)


Dharma 04-29-2008 11:06 AM

Eat mostly plants?

Not me...

Hyperlipid: Fruit and vegetables (1) re post

steady 08-19-2008 09:37 AM

This is how I will eat.
Atkin's saved my life, but now that LC is my way of living. I now focus on making my diet healthy and simple as possible by sticking with whole foods. Since starting LC, I always believed that meat and vegetables was the best way to eat, but Pollan's motto: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants, has changed my view on the proportion and quantity of meat and vegetables.

I found Pollan very fair in this book; he didn't push vegetarianism or admonish meat eating. Pollan's main point is that eating high quality real food will naturally result in eating much less food-- that is meat and other foods. Interestingly, Pollan favorably cites Taubes and studies that Taubes mentioned in Good Cals Bad Cals.

Pollan has gotten me more interested in organic foods and pastured raised, grass-fed meats, but I am still skeptical because the US agriculture classifications for meats and organics are still under loose definitions due to politics. For example, meat can be claimed as grass-fed with just 2 weeks of grass feedings. So most are raised on grains, but then fed grass just two weeks before slaughter. So the health benefits of grass fed meat is not there and therefore not worth the price they charge for it. I am willing to shell out for organics and grass-fed, but I am not willing to get scammed. So I am doing my research now.

Don't get me wrong, I love meat, but I don't have to eat the quantity I do. I have always loved vegetables, I cannot get enough of them. This books just makes me feel better and more dedicated about my way of eating.

I highly recommend this book for a dedicated LCer who wants to take their diet up a notch by focusing on natural whole foods. The benefits are beyond health.

jezzie 08-29-2008 02:44 AM

I don't remember what happened that I didn't get this book. :doh:
I will add it back on my list.

But I did buy The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters ... excellent.


jezzie 01-10-2009 12:11 PM

Finally. :rofl:
In Defense of Food An Eater's Manifesto, By Michael Pollan
Although he is not in the business of dispensing self-help rules,
he incorporates a few McNuggets of plain-spoken advice:
Don't eat things that your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize.

Avoid anything that trumpets the word "healthy." Be as vitamin-conscious
as the person who takes supplements, but don't actually take them.
And in the soon to be exhaustively quoted words on the book's cover:
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Just started this morning. Will review when I'm finished.

steady 01-10-2009 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by jezzie (Post 11390038)
Finally. :rofl:
In Defense of Food An Eater's Manifesto, By Michael Pollan
Just started this morning. Will review when I'm finished.

Look forward to hearing what you think about it.

jezzie 01-12-2009 05:18 AM

I'm reading three at the same time so it may be a couple of weeks
before I get back with a review. It's an interesting read so far.

jezzie 12-13-2009 02:43 PM

I was looking though the the titles for anything that looked interesting enough
to check out further. ....... I came across this one from 11 months ago. :laugh:

Interesting book. I had already changed my lifestyle to mostly vegetables, fish,
legumes and grains. With an occasi9nal meat meal.

Good but Mindless Eating had more of an impact on me.


CherylB 12-13-2009 03:16 PM

So, what was the verdict on this book? Looks like it's been a while since this thread has been active. Has anyone got any comments on the book? I haven't read it, but may buy it or get it from the library, depending on what you have to say. What are your impressions? I'm reading "Good Cals, Bad Cals" right now.

steady 02-25-2010 01:11 PM

I would get it from the library, it is not a book you read over and over again or refer to. The message is simple: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

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