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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Ann Voskamp

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The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith

Peter Rollins

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The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.”
– William Lloyd Garrison, Abolitionist,
born on this date in 1918.
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A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder
By Michael Pollan

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The Wake Up Call – December 12, 2014

 

What Did I Just Read?

A Feature Review of

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Michael Pollan

Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2013
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Reviewed by Taylor Brorby.

Watch a video of Pollan talking about this book

I first read Michael Pollan in an undergraduate class in college. Admittedly, I thought the title The Omnivore’s Dilemma sounded a bit pretentious and trite. There was no apparent dilemma to me about being an omnivore, and no shortage of food that would not feed my appetite. However, upon first reading Pollan’s book I was grabbed by the task he had set out to accomplish: to follow a cow from field to slaughter to steak and observe what happens along the way.

 

In a similar way, Pollan’s latest book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation brings the same curiosity, verve, and examination that many readers appreciate about Pollan. Instead of living outward and observing the large industrial agriculture system that feeds livestock, Pollan stays put in his own kitchen, highlighting the myriad possibilities and hindrances that many of us do–or do not–confront daily in the act of cooking.

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Michael Pollan talks about his new book COOKED… Three short-ish video segments.

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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.
Michael Pollan

Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2013
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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
By Michael Pollan

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“Whole Foods and the Sum of Their Parts”

A Review of Michael Pollan’s

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

By Brent Aldrich.

 

Michael Pollan.    In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.
Hardcover. Penguin. 2008.
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IN DEFENSE OF FOOD

The repeated mantra for Michael Pollan’s new book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, is on the cover, the dust jacket, and opens the introduction: “Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” Given the complexity of factors surrounding our production, promotion and consumption of food in this country, and the dilemmas of ecology, agriculture, and health they have caused, these concise recommendations are the distilled wisdom of the book and suggestive of the clarity with which Pollan narrates a complicated history of eating. Beginning with the science by which food – that is, unprocessed food – has been replaced by nutrients, then moving through the industrialization of the agricultural process, Pollan eventually presents possibilities which might function as the practical policies for the manifesto, alternatives to ‘nutritionism’ and industrialism in our eating.

The first section of the book is “The Age of Nutritionism,” a chronicle of the ways in which our foods have steadily surrendered to nutrients: carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins. This is described as a reductionary science, with aims to reduce foods to their component parts, and isolate what is good for your health in them. The thinking follows that if the good bits of food can be extracted, they can be reassembled in any healthy variety to better suit our health needs ad infinitum. This is not what has happened since the beginning; see one Justus von Liebig “the father of modern nutritional science” who reduced all plant life to nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium – which are in fact the abundant nutrients in soil, but when isolated to those alone, it ignores a myriad of other chemicals and processes at work, and fails to engineer food that is healthy. This has been the history of nutritionism since. This section is a dizzying look at the claims and disproving of the same in popular isolated nutrient health claims: saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, trans fat, good and bad carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, and the like. Continue Reading…