Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I think the writing was well-done. As far as research is concerned, it seems as if Pollan had many first-hand experiences, but fewer data sources. I've heard critiques that his views are simplified. However, I think Pollan succeeds in making a sometimes difficult topic approachable. I felt like Pollan approached the subject of where our food comes from and why it matters from a down-to-earth perspective that is easy to relate to. He doesn't advocate immediately cutting out all processed foods. I've been really turned off by books that I feel like are attempting to guilt me into eating organic or paleo or seasonal or whatever. Pollan did a great job of motivating me to start off with baby steps. Since reading this we've cut out foods with high fructose corn syrup and anything partially-hydrogenated.
My other fear with this book, besides being guilt-tripped, was that the author would be boring. After my experience with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I was leery of more preachy, not-so-interesting food books. But Pollan really made the topic fascinating - probably because he did go on so many trips and attempt to experience first hand as much of the food industry as possible. I also liked that he addressed things like the difficulty of finding seasonal produce in some areas, the cost of eating organic, and other issues that I feel like many other books don't address.
I wouldn't take this book as my new nutrition Bible, but I did find it very motivating. Since reading it, we've changed some of our eating habits and have plans to change more over time. I liked that Pollan acknowledged the problems with changing eating habits and the associated costs and took a moderate view. What I took away from the book was to, when possible, choose the least processed food product you can afford and have access to.
Posted by Julie G at 12:22 PM