In Defense of Food

Finished Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food today at work. At only 200 pages it gives a great overview of how to shop and what to eat. His premise is summed up several times: Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants. The first part of the book is about nutritionism, or the idea that we can reduce foods down to their component nutrients and, if we could just find out which ones in what ratios, that would solve our diet-based health problems. The second section deals with the problems in the Western diet and how food trends (moving from quality to a focus on quantity, moving from whole foods to refined versions) that most benefit industry hurt human beings. In the third part he breaks down his solution further with various suggestions, some of which are: buy whole foods, shop on the edges of the supermarket, go to farmer's market, if grandma couldn't buy it we probably shouldn't either, slow down, don't eat alone. While i don't know if anyone could follow all the suggestions, especially all of the time, he makes a very strong case and i am encouraged to continue changing how i eat. Definitely a 7!

There is so much information in this book. He lists several websites for more resources; I'll list a few here to spread the word!
Find Good Food--great general resource about eating local, recipes, even tells you what's in season when!
Eat Wild--finding grass fed meat and wild veggies.
Local Harvest--find farmer's markets, local farms, CSAs, even strange stuff like alpaca yarn!


I get up at 4:30 on workdays though, so i am always going to snag cereal, or a muffin, or a bagel for breakfast.


  1. I really must read this book, but until then, I'm very grateful for your links. . .


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