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Review of "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan

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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
by Michael Pollan

Penguin Audio
Audio CD
$29.95 Suggested Retail Price

As someone with a chronic weight problem, I can tell you that the solution of "diet and exercise" is permanently etched in my mind. Its easy to joke about fat people and dismiss them as weaklings, but let me tell you that we beat ourselves up emotionally without any help from others, thanks. We know there's no magic pill, but we would appreciate all the practical help we can find. Its tough to go cold turkey when you're addicted to food. Sorta like that oxygen habit you skinny people have developed. Rantings aside, I did enjoy this book. The author's key seven-word mantra "Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants." as the answer to the question of what we should eat has a lot going for it. Processed and packaged food often comes with a lot of baggage in the form of sugar, salt, fat, and other additives that make them a problem when they form the majority of your diet. We all know that, just like we understand the need to take more responsibility for incorporating it into our lives. Author Michael Pollan presents a practical plan for doing just that in this non-preachy approach to changing our attitudes toward food.

Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our January, 2008 issue.

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