Despite being interested in what he had to say, I was not particularly looking forward to reading this book. I expected it to be rather dry and envisioned myself trying to sludge through it—How delightfully wrong I was! On many occasions I actually found myself laughing out loud (practically in hysterics). Pollan managed not only to inform me about the deceit being put forth by both food manufacturers and the government but to keep me actively engaged as well.
This book has helped to precipitate major dietary changes for my family. The knowledge that Pollan dispenses put Ish and me on a much faster track to kicking processed food out of our diets. To many, this probably sounds like a complicated, stress-inducing task, but for us, it has worked to simplify our lives. I, for one, have been freed from the bonds of intense couponing and from feeling the need to stockpile—it is hard (read: almost impossible) to stockpile most whole foods.
One of the pieces of advice that Pollan gives is to pretend you are grocery shopping with your great grandmother. If she wouldn’t recognize what you are buying as food, then it is probably safe to assume that you shouldn’t be buying it. This gem has helped us to really look at the ingredients in some of the foods we had been buying. Thank you Michael Pollan for enlightening me and helping me to eat real food.
I do not have a single negative thing to say about this book. For those of you who know me well, you know that this is an extreme oddity. Not only do I recommend In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, I strongly urge you to read it.
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