April 10, 2010

Nonrequired Reading: 014: In Defense of Food

"And what these acts subvert is nutritionism: the belief that food is foremost about nutrition and nutrition is so complex that only experts and industry can possibly supply it. When you're cooking with food as alive as this - these gorgeous and semigorgeous fruits and leaves and flesh - you're in no danger of mistaking it for a commodity, or fuel, or a collection of chemical nutrients. No, in the eye of the cook or the gardener or the farmer who grew it, this food reveals itself for what it is: no mere thing but a web of relationships among a great many living beings, some of them human, some not, but each of them dependent on the other, and all of them ultimately rooted in soil and nourished by sunlight."

-- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food, 200-01


Hopefully a review to come soon...


::athada:: said...

Good book. Glad he kept it short. Well... even down to just 8 words really!

pk said...

Great book! I want to read it again sometime soon.

Heather Bray said...

Loved loved loved this book!

Kari said...

What a beautiful quote.

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