Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Eating Healthy in Baltimore

Author, Michael Pollan is slated to speak this Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library regarding his most recent book entitled "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto", and previous best-seller, "The Omnivore's Dilemma".

Michael Pollan public lecture
Saturday, May 16th @ Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral St.
Cocktail Reception 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (*reception sold out)
more details here

I've seen the covers of both before but haven't had a chance to peruse either. A brief synopsis of In Defense of Food touches upon the "American Paradox": in which the Western Diet is said to consist of "edible foodlike substances" instead of "real" food. This real food, typically consists of 5 or less ingredients and does not tout health buzz words on the packaging is what the American diet should consist of. "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael's seven words to live by. I think there is a lot of good advice to glean from this book. Of course, I am willing to read any book related to food, although this one seems exceptionally interesting. Wish I could go to the lecture but will be in Princeton for ECAC's.

Other books I am may or may not read (food-related):

These may not capitolize on the healthiest of food choices as Pollan's books do, but I'm all about educating myself on both perspectives :)

**Just added (Diane is interviewing the author on NPR RIGHT NOW! and he was featured on Colbert Report a couple weeks ago)


Ben said...

i've read pretty much all of pollan's books. he is a great writer - and i think he has a lot of great points about our food system. i'm such a fan i even bought a ticket to the reception. if any of this interests you, look into an organization called "slow food" - it's an interanational group, but they have a local chapter that is pretty active.

Rebs said...

yeah! Melissa told me you were gonna go. cooool. I am familiar with the slow food movement...haven't really formally taken part in anything specific but think its neat nonetheless. Let me know how the lecture is.