Nestle walks readers through every supermarket section--produce, meat, fish, dairy, packaged foods, bottled waters, and more--decoding labels and clarifying nutritional and other claims (in supermarket-speak, for example, "fresh" means most likely to spoil first, not recently picked or prepared), and in so doing explores issues like the effects of food production on our environment, the way pricing works, and additives and their effect on nutrition.
What Nestle reveals is both discouraging and empowering. Through ubiquitous advertising, almost universal food availability, the growth of portion size, and unchecked marketing to kids, were encouraged to eat more than we need, with consequent negative impact on our health. Knowledge is indeed power, and Nestle's lively, witty, and thoroughly enlightening book--the work, readers quickly see, of a food lover intent on increasing sensual satisfaction at table as well as promoting health--will help its readers become completely cognizant about food shopping. It's a must for anyone who eats and buys food and wants to do both better. --Arthur Boehm
I really like this book. I am trying to fine tune my nutrition and this is certainly helpful. I am a vegan but if I was not and read the chapter on beef I would certainly be at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara
Marion Nestle provides a voice of reason in the chaos of gluten-free this, soy-free that, more protein, fewer carbs, no sugar... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vegangel
You will never shop in any grocery store in the same way again. This book helps you to be an informed shopper rather than a victim of slick advertising and big agriculture.Published 2 months ago by Wendy Schwenning
Not what I was expecting. Way too much information. Some good tips were included and will be of use. Good for referencePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
A very good down to earth book by nutrition professor Nestle, that takes you on a virtual stroll through a supermarket food department, thoroughly explaining all food sections and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JPP