Finally Reading: In Defense of Food

I may be four years behind the game here, but my nightstand is finally holding the pages of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

That it is. I’ve never read any of his books cover-to-cover, but have been in support of his message since my own diet philosophy started evolving in early 2010 (see: DOTR’s first post). “Eat Food. Not too Much. Mostly Plants.” Yes, that!


I’m only just starting Chapter 9 (Bad Science), and wondering how and why it took me so long to pick up this book. It’s a quick read, easy to digest and giving us facts from a variety of angles (unlike many of my old nutrition textbooks). It’s an insight into the history of the United States’ “food rules” (aka Dietary Guidelines) and an invitation to think outside the cereal box, grocery store or (old) pyramid scheme.

I can’t wait to get Sections II & III, looking more into the modern rise of diseases, the “Industrialization of Eating” and “Getting Over Nutritionism” – i.e. our new fangled eating habits that seem to be doing most people no good.

More insight to come…


So, have you read this yet? Is it on your bookshelf (virtual, wish-list or otherwise)? Thoughts??




Filed under Dietitians, food, in the News, what to eat

8 responses to “Finally Reading: In Defense of Food

  1. This is too funny, I just started reading it too! I’m abut halfway in and I don’t know why is has taken me this long to pick up the book after reading the Omnivore’s Dilema a couple years back. I really do like how he stresses that the soil which your food came from, rather than it’s nutritional label, says much more about the “healthiness” of whatever you are putting into your body.

  2. This sounds like a great read – I’m adding it to my list. I always find it interesting to learn more about food and what living in a world of processed everything does to our health. Learning more facts has helped change my mentality about food. Instead of low-this or free-that, I now strive to eat foods as whole and as close to their source as possible.

  3. I’ve read everything Michael Pollan has written (except for old newspaper clips that aren’t available online, and whatever he does journal-wise). I love, love, love his philosophy. Plus, he’s entertaining! You must now read “Omnivore’s Dilemma” … for the chapter titled “corn sex,” if nothing else.

  4. I am always looking for a good read – easy to digest, you’re funny:)

    You might be late to the party but you showed up! I was reading some snippets on Amazon, looks good.

  5. I have started, but never finished this book. I don’t allow myself to read “for fun” when I have work that needs to get done, which basically means I rarely read for pleasure. Then when I do allow myself to indulge in a book on a long trip or a lazy day by the pool I opt for something completely removed from the nutrition/exercise world. For instance, the last book I read was called “Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama that Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11”. It was all about the air traffic controllers and pilots working together to safely land all of the flights. Totally different than my normal nutrition work/readings, but a good way to stretch my mind a bit I think!

    • Heather C

      While I highly recommend this read (clearly), I totally understand the need for a mental break from the food world! I love reading into history, politics, travel, etc. to get my brain into another zone and soak in some new-to-me info (helps that D has a huge “library” of books on all of the above that I’ve inherited 😉 ).

  6. Percolated Prose

    I’ve only recently heard of Michael Pollan after coming across an article about a lecture he gave at a college this past year. I never thought to investigate his books, but I’ll make sure to throw it on my amazon wishlist! Thanks!

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