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
This book is a little out of date (2007 or so) but it's invaluable as far as a reference too. It's so full of so much information that doesn't go out of date and I love Marion's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam nChicago
I am loving this book by Marion Nestle. She mixes the physiology of our bodies with food politics and opens our eyes to a for-profit industry that we must question for our health.Published 2 months ago by Anne Tunnell
This book is more about how the government doesn't care about us. Very technical, political read. Good for understanding all the awfulness of our food system. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clementine
Amazing! I was blown away with all of the knowledge she presented in this book. Such a great resource.Published 4 months ago by Ameyers
I really enjoyed this book. I am an avid reader/listener about all things food and it was good for me to get back to what science is saying as opposed to the fads and fancies that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emily M Kline
Love this book. I read it several years ago and lent it to someone who didn't return it so I'm buying a replacement copy. Very informative and well-written!Published 5 months ago by Lisa Diaz
This book could easily be reorganized like this without losing much content.
Part One: Horrible Dietary Advice (Featuring Outdated Scaremongering Nonsense About Why Fats... Read more
The book was a gift. I did not read the book myself but I know the person I bought it for enjoyed the book.Published 11 months ago by Theresa Gedert