I have been reading a lot of books about food lately. This one was a very quick read (140 pages) and was pretty humorous too. Michael Pollan is the author of this book and he calls it an eater’s manual. His basic premise is: eat food. mostly plants. not too much. And no, he is not promoting vegetarianism. Meat eating is still a part of these rules.
We are a society that likes to employ experts and nowhere is that more evident than in the science of our food. A plethora of highly educated people have distilled food to its basic parts and handed their experiments off to those in the food industry. They in turn have packaged it nicely in some plastic and probably a box as well, which will of course contain a lengthy ingredient list that very few of us can decipher. To top it all off, government agencies have allowed these boxes to also contain claims about certain benefits these products will surely have upon our health! Yet you have only to step outside your door and see one of your neighbors or co-workers to know that these health benefits are obviously and seriously lacking.
What if, instead of relying on experts and the food industry to tell us what we should be eating, WE decided what we would eat. I mean honestly, it can’t get much worse can it? Our nation has the highest incidents of metabolic diseases (Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc) as well as cancer. Our own personal experiments on ourselves couldn’t make the path we are on any more fraught than it already is. Remember the old adage, “you are what you eat.”
With that in mind I invite you to read this book, buy some food (and by this I mean not stuff in plastic, a box, or with unknown ingredients outweighing known), sit down with friends and/or family and make as many meals as you can an experience instead of a necessary evil to be consumed in your car from point A to point B.