Book #20: In Defense of Food

Although I bought Michael Pollan's previous (and enormous selling) The Onmivore's Dilemma over a year ago, I still hadn't read it when I chanced across the paperback release of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto at the local bookstore.  The allure of checking out Pollan and being able to do it in a much slimmer volume (In Defense of Food clocks in at just 200 pages) was too much to pass up, so I picked it up and read it over the course of a weekend.

Not too much to talk about here: it's basically a manifesto for eating organic, whole foods, as opposed to eating (and living) according to nutrients.  Pollan uses a lot of data and history to push his line forward, which is the easy to remember "Eat Food.  A little meat.  Mostly plants."  His philosophy is that if we eat better, we'll live better, and while some of the choices may seem costly (buying organic from farmer's markets, true "whole" foods instead of processed anything), the cost is minimal when compared to all the superfluous stuff we currently spend our money on, like hundreds of mind-numbing television channels, a dozen phones, and the like.

I enjoyed the book, and Pollan has a lot to offer for consideration.  I can;t say that it revolutionized my way of thinking about food, but anything that gets your mind out of the cheap and easy fast food and "diet" bars that are manufactured by science, not nature, has got to be a good thing.