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February 24, 2008

6 Down, 46 To Go, "In Defense of Food" (52 Books, 52 Weeks) ("In Defense of Food")

When the litblog The Millions asked me to write a short essay about the best book I read in 2007, I chose Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma as my topic. Few books have changed my life as directly as that book (read the essay to see why).

Having been so impressed with The Omnivore's Dilemma, I was both anticipating and dreading Pollan's new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (anticipating another wonderful exploration of the human diet by one of my favorite non-fiction writers, dreading a seemingly inevitable letdown). I wasn't disappointed, in his new book examines the effects of food science on our diets, and how we can eat healthier. His advice is summed up in seven words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan also examines how our attitudes have changed toward eating. As always, Pollan applies his levelheaded logic to his investigation and peppers the book with scientific data to back his claims. This is a book I will recommend unceasingly to the people I care about...

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is The Book Of Other People, edited by Zadie Smith.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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