In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Well, I loved The Omnivore’s Dilemma so much that as soon a I returned from my beach Honeymoon, I went to purchase the sequel: In Defense of Food. While it helps to have read the first book prior to this great one, its not mandatory for getting the gist of Michael’s message. He asks the reader, “what is food?” The answer should be painfully obvious, but after a quick jaunt through the supermarket aisles, he realizes that this word “food” has quite possibly been bastardized with all kinds of partially hydrogenated, fat-free, sugar-free, vitamin-fortified ‘special’ ingredients. After reading this book, I asked myself another question: “How long does the ingredient list have to be until a deliciously flavored cracker, soup, cheese, or frozen meal is no longer recognized by my body as ‘food’?” You will crave a nice big salad after this one!

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