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About the Author

GARY TAUBES is cofounder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He's an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous Best of anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California.


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  • Publisher : Anchor; Illustrated edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0307474259
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0307474254
  • Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.15 x 0.8 x 7.95 inches
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