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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Sep 06, 2008
Pollan's epilogue, in which he thanks his editor Ann Godoff for suggesting that he turn a NYT Magazine article into a book, explains why this seems like a padded article. AG was right, in that this has been on the bestseller list for ages. But I couldn't find an original idea in it. All the core ideas are recycled from his own Omnivore's Dilemma, from Marion Nestle, Gary Taubes (who wrote famous NYT Mag cover story that changed us from fat-phobic to carb-phobic: hardly an improvement), Joan Dye Gussow (who used the phrase "Eat food"), Laura Shapiro, and who knows who else. I liked Omnivore's Dilemma because there was actual reporting involved. This is a preachy compilation of real writing from elsewhere. I didn't disagree with him, but I think you'd have to be a real novice on the food front to find it eye-opening.
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