Tuesday, March 25, 2008

What We're Reading: In Defense of Food

A sticky idea is one that sheds everything extraneous until only the core truth remains (See Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die). That's why In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan is so useful. Even my forgetful brain can retain his assertion that it is best to "Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants." It also speaks the language of my brain, which is sentence fragments.

There's certainly more to it than this; he fleshes out the details in a manageable 201 pages, which I was able to digest in only two sittings. I learned quite a bit, especially the sobering reality that label reading may not be the solution to my health. (If it has a label, it's already suspicious.) This is not a diet book, and you will not find dinner ideas here. However, he does provide a set of guidelines that will help you make the best choices when you're in the kitchen or the marketplace. It's definitely a must read, and a welcome addition to his wildly popular The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

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