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In Defense of Food

”Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” So begins Michael Pollan’s snappy, commonsensical companion to 2006’s hulking The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food. In this witty, blessedly bite-size summation of his research, Pollan marches through the sorry history of nutrition science (margarine, anyone?), then offers advice that ranges from planting a garden to shunning products that tout health-enhancing properties (”Don’t take the silence of the yams as a sign that they have nothing valuable to say about health”). Unlike, say, a lite potato chip, this book of Pollan lite is not only crisp and tasty, but good for you. A-

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