Reviews of Reviews

You Are What You Eat (And You Are in Serious Trouble)

This is an important book, short but pithy, and, like the word "food," not simple at all.

Obsessed With Nutrition? That’s An Eating Disorder

A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be reduced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

If you read one book about food this year, it should be Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.

A Thoughtful, Simple Menu

The book is short and compact; and, although there's still good bit of reporting, especially about the history of nutrition science, the book seems designed to be what it says it is: a manifesto a declaration of principles that you carry around and use to remind yourself of certain ideas or to start arguments.

The Holy Church of Food

His master stroke is a ringing declaration of nutritional independence: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

In Defense of Food

He's way too polite to tell us what to eat. Instead, he uses his familiar brand of carefully researched, common-sense journalism to persuade, providing guidelines and convincing arguments.

Just eat what your great-grandma ate

Pollan's advice is sensible and even inspiring.

In Defense of Food

A writer of great subtlety, Pollan doesn't preach to the choir; in fact, rarely does he preach at all, preferring to let the facts speak for themselves.

We’re Living on Corn!

Reading Pollan's book, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the food industry has confined many Americans to their own urban feedlots, in which they have grown obese, ill, and uncurious about the source or nutritional quality of their food.

Two Great Books to Chew On

Pollan is a gardener, a cook and an uncommonly graceful explainer of natural science; this is the book he was born to write.