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Because in the so-­called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--­most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.­" Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. Coming from The Penguin Press in 2013, Michael Pollan’s newest book --­the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?
Because in the so-­called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--­most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food , Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.­" Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.
Coming from The Penguin Press in 2013, Michael Pollan’s newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation --­the . . .

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In, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. Each section of tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements. A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse–trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-­genius “fermentos” (a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers) reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all. The reader learns alongside . . .

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The New York Times bestseller that’s changing America’s diet is now perfect for younger readers “What’s for dinner?­” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-­fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-­chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, as well as a new afterword and backmatter, The Omnivore’s Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits—and it starts with you.

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The Omnivore's Dilemma Study Guide contains comprehensive summaries and analysis of the book.

This study guide includes a detailed Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Character Descriptions, Objects/Places, Themes, Styles, Quotes, and Topics for Discussion on The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

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Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, as the dawn of the twenty-­first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, is changing the way Americans thing about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating. Coming from The Penguin Press in 2013, Michael Pollan’s newest book --­the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education

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Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire , Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings. And just as we’ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?

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Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the seventy-­five greatest books ever written about gardening, Second Nature has become a manifesto for rethinking our relationship with nature. With chapter ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn and a dispatch from one man’s war with a woodchuck to reflections on the sexual politics of roses, Pollan captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation.

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Eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-­more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, s brings welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. Written with clarity, concision, and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation. It’s an easy-­to-­use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Whether at the supermarket or an all-­you-­can-­eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, “What should I eat?­” Coming from The Penguin Press in 2013, Michael Pollan’s newest book --­the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
A definitive compendium of food wisdom
Eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-­more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rule s brings welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. Written with clarity, concision, and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation. It’s an easy-­to-­use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Whether at the supermarket or an all-­you-­can-­eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, “What should I eat?­”
Coming from The Penguin Press in 2013, Michael Pollan’s newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation --­the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education . . .

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Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less.­Michael Pollan is an author, journalist and a professor of science and environmental journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written many books, articles and essays on the American food system and sustainable agriculture.­He is also the author of Food Rules: An Eaters Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-­Eye View of the World, A Place of My Own, and Second Nature. Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003, and the Reuters-­I.­U.­C.­N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism. Pollan has served as executive editor of Harper's Magazine, and his articles appear in the Best American Science Writing, Best American Essays and the Norton Book of Nature Writing anthologies.­The Omnivores Dilemma, first published in 2006, was named 1 of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. It won the . . .

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A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times best sellers, into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs—­and the spellbinding story of his own life-­changing psychedelic experiences
When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-­to-­treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a...

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Nos dias de hoje, diante de uma vida atribulada, as pessoas pensam cada vez mais em comida, embora dediquem cada vez menos tempo ao preparo de suas refeições. Preocupam-­se com a quantidade de calorias ingeridas e com a qualidade dos ingredientes, mas reservam mais horas para assistir aos programas de culinária na TV do que efetivamente passam dentro da cozinha. E enchem a despensa com produtos industrializados supostamente “saudáveis”.­Nesse cenário tão contraditório, o escritor Michael Pollan convida o leitor a redescobrir a experiência fascinante de transformar os alimentos. A partir dos quatro elementos da natureza — fogo, água, ar e terra —, ele nos mostra o calor ancestral do churrasco, o caldo perfumado dos assados de panela, a leveza dos pães integrais e a magia da fermentação de um chucrute. Ao relatar suas experiências pessoais com os processos de preparação da comida, Pollan mergulha numa história tão antiga quanto a da própria humanidade e propõe uma redescoberta de . . .

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Michael PollanÂ's unmatched ability to draw lines of connection between our everyday experiences— whether eating, gardening, or building—and the natural world has been the basis for the popular success of his many works of nonfiction, including the genre-­defining bestsellers The OmnivoreÂ's Dilemma and In Defense of Food . With this updated edition of his earlier book A Place of My Own , readers can revisit the inspired, intelligent, and often hilarious story of PollanÂ's realization of a room of his own—a small, wooden hut, his “shelter for daydreams”—built with his admittedly unhandy hands. Inspired by both Thoreau and Mr. Blandings, A Place of My Own not only works to convey the history and meaning of all human building, it also marks the connections between our bodies, our minds, and the natural world.

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