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Yawn...Nothing New Here
on June 9, 2013
It's a good thing I only paid five bucks for this book because I felt a bit gypped after reading it. This is basically In Defense of Food: Lite or, worse, In Defense of Food: Dr. Phil-a-fied. I read it in an afternoon - not because it was so riveting, but because it's only 140 pages long. And that's deceptive: Every other page has a picture of an onion or a pepper or something on it, so that cuts it down to 70 pages, and several of the non-onion pages only have a snippet of text on them, so that makes it, at best, a 40 page book. And those 40 pages were pretty much regurgitated from In Defense of Food which was mostly regurgitated from The Omnivore's Dilemma. Should I have known this? Perhaps I was a bit hasty in my purchase. I really like Michael Pollan. His thoughts on food have made an indelible impact on my eating habits, but, dude, write a new book!!!
Overall, this book is fun and somewhat cute - it's classic Michael Pollan in tone. Most of his food policies are doable and helpful. But don't waste your money if you've already read In Defense of Food. There's nothing new here.