'Michael Pollan' on Serious Eats

Are You a Food Outlier?

[Photograph: michaelpollan.com] Cheryl Sternman Rule has sparked some interesting discussion about how much we know about food and food issues and the point at which that knowledge turns us into food outliers: was out with a bunch of women, and the subject turned to healthful eating. I mentioned Michael Pollan's new book Food Rules. One woman said, "Who's Michael Pollan?" My eyes bugged, though just a little. I looked to my left, I looked to my right, I looked across the table—all blank stares. Who was out of touch—was it them, or was it me? Frankly, I don't know how you could avoid learning about Michael Pollan these days. But, then again, I'm on the food interwebs all damn... More

In Videos: Michael Pollan on 'The Colbert Report'

Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, was on The Colbert Report last night. Colbert welcomed him with Sierra Mist soda, which definitely doesn't make Pollan's five-ingredients-or-less rule for virtuous foods. But Pollan politely took a sip and argued that he can still be American while avoiding American cheese (and other synthetic foods). For example, he encourages all parents to go the breast milk route, except we learn, thanks to a Mrs. Pollan in the audience, that he was not breast fed himself! Scandal. The interview, after the jump.... More

Michael Pollan on TV Tonight

Couch potatoes, take note: Michael Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food) is tonight's guest on The Colbert Report, 11:30 p.m. ET, Comedy Central. That is all. Carry on.... More

Ethicurean Reviews New Documentary 'Food Fight,' Underwhelmed

The Ethicurean, a blog devoted to the organic and sustainable eating ethos, is predisposed to love a film like Food Fight (not to be confused with Foodfight!), where the premise rests on the same mantra. But get ready for a plot twist—they didn't love it. Here’s where I bite the nice hands who fed me the DVD review copy. We three found ourselves squirming restlessly in our pews. Too many putative saints were being paraded past us on litters of glistening lettuces, and the familiar hymns sounded off key in their new arrangements. Ethicurean founder Bonnie Powell watched a preview copy (screenings are just in Los Angeles currently) and while she found it beautiful visually, said it could have... More

New Food Documentary, Food Inc.

The buzz at the Toronto Film Festival this month was all about food. The new documentary, "Food Inc.," premiered at the festival to rave reviews. Entertainment Weekly called it "an important movie, one that nourishes your knowledge of how the world works," the Los Angeles Times labeled it "a riveting cautionary tale," and Variety says it's "a civilized horror movie for the socially conscious, the nutritionally curious and the hungry." The documentary from the producers of an "Inconvenient Truth," is all about the "highly mechanized underbelly" of the nation’s food industry. It includes graphic footage of poultry sheds and meat packing plants (some of it shot in secret) and appearances by familiar foodie faces Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan. The... More

In Videos: Michael Pollan Talks About Weed

Tired of hearing Michael Pollan talk about eating healthily and responsibly? Maybe you'd rather listen to his lecture at the University of California, Berkeley where he talks about marijuana and its history, use, and effects, and why plants evolve to "gratify our desires." You can also download a transcript of his lecture (PDF). Watch the lecture, after the jump.... More

Stuffed, Starved, and Running on Empty

The New Yorker drops a lengthy and sobering piece this week that looks at the depressing state of the world's food-supply system as detailed in four "second-wave" food-politics books. Where "first wave" books (such as Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation) leave off at the ill effects of junk food, the new crop of books looks at how "the entire system of Western food production is in need of radical change."... More

In Videos: Michael Pollan on 'Nightline'

Last night's Nightline featured Michael Pollan talking about his twelve commandments for eating from his book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto: In general, I'm inclined to stick with the tried and true when it comes to food. And let the novelties be tested for a while. I think we need to begin to spend more on food, both in terms of money and in time. I know that's not a popular message. People like their convenience foods. But this experiment of outsourcing our food preparation to corporations has failed us. I mean, it's left us really unhealthy, really unsatisfied. And I think it's undermined the family life and undermined the community. Video after the jump.... More

In Videos: Michael Pollan Lectures at Google

Michael Pollan gave a lecture last week at Google's Mountain View, CA, headquarters to discuss his book, In Defense of Food, and share simple advice about how to eat healthily and responsibly, but also for pleasure and community. The video runs for about an hour—half lecture, half Q&A with the Google crowd—but it's worth listening to if you're a fan of Pollan (or if you need an introduction to him). Watch the video, after the jump.... More

Quit Sitting on Your Hands Until People Love Organic Tomatoes!

According to Tom Philpott, the food editor of environmental site Grist.org, evangelists of the farmers' market movement like Michael Pollan and Alice Waters should quit simplifying the food shortage issue. Instead of arguing that expensive industrial foods will eventually drive people toward equally-pricey organic and sustainable eats, they should focus on the accessibility of these happier, healthier options.... More

In Videos: Michael Pollan Interview and Lecture

From online food show Cooking Up a Story comes this four-part interview and lecture with Michael Pollan during which he talks about eating real food instead of their imitations, the ideology of understanding food solely through its nutrients, learning how to eat from culture instead of science, and "voting with your fork" to influence food producers to make better food. Each video is about 10 minutes long, but it's worth making the time to watch them. Check them out, after the jump. [via Culinate]... More

Michael Pollan, Joan Dye Gussow, Dan Barber: Healthy, Green, and Hedonistic?

On weekdays, we try to bring you a short food video you can get through quickly during your busy day. But seeing how it's Saturday and you have more time, here's a longer, more weighty, but nevertheless interesting video in which Michael Pollan, Joan Dye Gussow, and Dan Barber talk about whether we can eat all the good stuff we love while still being green and healthy. Sit back and enjoy.... More

Michael Pollan's Twelve Commandments for Serious Eaters: Can You Live By Them?

Here they are, Michael Pollan's Twelve Commandments for Serious Eaters, from his new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. As Jamie Forrest noted yesterday, a few food pundits are taking him to task for a number of them. I'm down with most of what brother Pollan is preaching. What about you? These commandments are made to order for serious fat-chewing. 1. "Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." Hard to argue with that. I don't think my grandmother would have recognized porcini mushroom foam as food, though. 2. "Avoid foods containing ingredients you can't pronounce." Hey, what about bouquet garni? 3. "Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot." 4. "Avoid food products that carry health claims."... More

In Defense of Food

Generally positive reviews are starting to trickle in for Michael Pollan's new book In Defense of Food, which officially hit the shelves January 1. Following on the success of The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food picks up where the former left off urging a return to simpler, whole-foods approach to eating. He gives us neatly-packaged mantras: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." And, "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."... More

Sunday Reading: Toxic Chinese Fish Farms; Michael Pollan; Francis Ford Coppola

A truly terrifying story on Chinese fish farms in toxic waters. We should be very scared. Michael Pollan frames the sustainability issue in a whole new way, and in doing so he makes us see how sustainability relates to the story above. Is Francis Ford Coppola aiming to become the George Foreman of the espresso set? It will set you back $699 to find out in April when Coppola's Illy Francis Francis X7 hits stores everywhere.... More

Michael Pollan on the Farm Bill

In today's New York Times Michael Pollan nails politicians on both sides of the aisle for their collective abdication on the farm bill currently being debated in Congress. Once again (at least for the most part) the forces of regressive food policy, the commodity subsidies paid to agribusiness interests supported by entities like the Farm Bureau, have triumphed over the interests of eaters like you and me. But Pollan suggests that change is afoot, and the forces of farm policy evil are beginning to feel the heat.... More

Leite's Culinaria Interviews Michael Pollan

Leite's Culinaria chose Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals their 2006 Book of the Year, and now their Anne E. McBride has a thoughtful, informed interview with Pollan up on their site: "My hope is that if people have the knowledge, and if they actually see where their food comes from and have access to the information, they will make better ethical choices. Whatever those choices are, they'll be better than eating in ignorance, and shopping in ignorance, which is what most Americans today do — because it's very hard to understand anything about your food. The food chain has gotten so long, so intricate, and so opaque that most people have no idea... More

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