Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Eat Mostly Plants
I read Omnivore's Dilemma late in 2006. Having belonged to a CSA for a few years already and living in Portland, the epicenter of the Localvore movement (Ok, really it was Alice Waters who initiated this, but Ptown has taken over the title through the likes of it's multitude of dedicated local-only chefs), I felt pretty darned smug about doing my part to eat locally, seasonally, consciously. I even went so far as to buy half a lamb from a very small local producer, a friend-of-a-friend to tell the truth. (For the record, half a lamb is not actually a whole lot of meat. But there absolutely was a difference eating meat from a locally pasture-raised animal rather than the standard fare. So tasty!) But then.
Today I heard an interview with Michael Pollan talking about his next book, "In Defense of Food." He states that where Omnivore's Dilemma investigates the marketing, production, business side of food, this book explores the consumption of food. In his summary: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." In the interview he gives advice that nutritionists have been saying for decades now. A carrot is better for you than a beta carotene pill. Shop the periphery of the grocery store, not the aisles. Make your food yourself. Leave the table just a little hungry.
So what is new in this book? Not having read it (yet) possibly more insight into the food industry. For example, unstead of a warning to reduce the intake of red meat, we are told to eat more protein that is low in saturated fat. Those are two very different messages.
So now "In Defense of Food" will go on the library hold list.... of course reading this book in a reasonable amount of time is a blog post for another day.