About Micheal Pollan

Today you will get to know about another expert of the food industry, Michael Pollan. Pollan is an American author, activist, journalist and professor of Journalism at the UC Berkley Graduate School. For the past 25 years he has been writing books and articles about places where nature and culture meet, i.e. on our plates, in our gardens and our farms.He is an author of a couple of bestsellers, a brief description of which you can find in ourliterature section: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001).

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals is his best-known work. It is written in an easy to read language, which helps you to get through this topic that for some may seem not that interesting. The book gives you the big picture of what are our (western civilization) habits related to food and what stands behind these habits. In my opinion it is an issue that we don’t think about but is crucial to our daily life.

Micheal Pollan’s passion is gardening and this is how he finds a lot of inspiration for his books. He believes that the contact a human being has with nature is fundamental to understand processes that are being undertaken on our planet. Without direct experience and physical contact you are simply unable to understand it. His books are written with a very simple language. Pollan writes his books as if they were stories that he tells to people. His purpose is to make people think in a more ecological way, and to have more respect for nature.

The latest book he has published is the illustrated version of food rules. It is a get together of more than 80 rules that every single person in the world should know about. It is an easy read and because of its style you can put it away and get back to it anytime you want. We want to share a couple of them with you to energize you for the read:

1. It is better to eat something that stands on one leg, than something that stands on two legs, than something that stand on four legs.

2. The 3 S rule: Sweets and Salt only on S days

3. Sometimes you need to break some rules.

Every type of food is good for you, considering it is healthy and your diet is well balanced. It is important to make sure that your diet is full of color and that there’s a bit of everything on your plate. So head to your local store and explore!!

 

posted by Piotr Wielezynski

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