Thursday, March 5, 2009

Today's Tip: Michael Pollan

You've heard of him, right? He's on talk radio a lot. He was half seriously suggested for Secretary of Agriculture. He writes about the horrors of the western diet, the history of food production in the US, the findings of food science and a lot of what he says is very close to my "Italian Grandmother" approach to food shopping, which is basically buy frugally/ eat better. I personally recommend greens and beans, my friends, lots of them, with pasta and potatoes too! Meat 2 or 3 times a week, fish once a week, salad every night.Fruit for dessert. Diversity is the key to good health. And watch those portions!

Read "In Defense of Food, An Eater's Manifesto", then loan it to your doctor.


  1. Did you know that there is only one variety of commercially grown broccoli produced in the United States/

  2. That is a fact I learned from this book. As a nation, we have perfected the production of food. Our fields grow produce of uniform size, disease resistance and in a minimum of growing time. At the same time, we have sacrificed taste, variety and nutritional value. Our ancestors grew or gathered thousands of plant varieties. Is the growth of cancer, diabetes and obesity related to the fact that we now get most of our calories from just two sources- corn and soy? This may be the most important book you read about the state of our health.