In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating

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Penguin Books Limited, Jan 31, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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'A must-read ... satisfying, rich ... loaded with flavour' Sunday Telegraph

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.

In Defence of Food is a simple invitation to junk the science, ditch the diet and instead rediscover the joys of eating well. 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.

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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User Review  - R.E.Stearns - LibraryThing

This book was so interesting that it kept me on the stationary bike for longer than scheduled, and that says something! If you've ever wondered what the big scary deal about processed food is, this ... Read full review

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

Wait...why does my food need defense? Is eating *optional* now? Oh...THAT's why. I'm not eating food. This is a really interesting book (a different type of fascinating than The Omnivore's Dilemma ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Michael Pollan is an award-winning author, activist and journalist. His no.1 international bestselling books about the way we live today - including The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defence of Food and Cooked (also a successful Netflix series) - combine meticulous reporting with anthropology, philosophy, culture, health and natural history. Time magazine has named him one of the hundred most influential people in the world. He lives in the Bay Area of California with his wife and son.

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