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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
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Jul 06, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: food, history-current-events-poli-sci
Recommended for: proto-foodies, hipster-foodies, anti-foodies, people who eat, people who don't want to die
Read from August 23 to 25, 2011

Basically a pared-down volume of the values Pollan started in The Omnivore's Dilemma. If you're even basically intelligent and halfway resistant to marketing bullshit, a lot of the secrets about the industrial food complex laid out in this book won't come as much of a surprise. Indeed, most of the portions that detail the statistical health of America in relation to how much whole and processed food its population eats can be glossed over.

Still, the biggest takeaway you should get is an enhanced awareness of what kinds of food are going into your body, and whether they qualify as real food. The downside is that you'll also probably regret every piece of junk and fast food you've eaten in your life.

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