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January 29, 2007


Sara W.

Hooray for Michael Pollan! I am currently in the process of making every member of my immediate family read the Omnivore's Dilemma. It changed me, and I can only hope it changes them too. Glad to hear your Mom is doing better.


I loved this piece in the Times magazine, too. Reading The Omnivore's Dilemma didn't change my life, but it made me think hard and either justify my eating decisions, or accept that they were indefensible! Should be required reading for everyone.

Susan at Food "Blogga"

Sounds like Pollan is elucidating some sound basic ideas that benefit everyone. Thanks for sharing.
I am definitely making this endive recipe--it looks delicious!
P.S. I wish your mother, you, and your family well.

Ronnie Weston

I have been looking for the "new diet" or eating program as I like to call it, since I set my goals for the new year and this sounds perfect. The only problem is that I am sitting here in my cozy library enjoying this post with a can of diet coke by my side!


That is really great news about your mom.

Cheers to healthier eating as well!

christine (myplateoryours)

Sara - try getting them to read the article. It's shorter.

Exactly, Lydia. Reading Pollan made me realize that every food dollar I spend is a vote for a way of life. Makes me think twice (though it doesn't always stop me.)

Hope the endives turn out well, Susan!

I know, Ron, I was drinking a diet coke when I wrote it. Sue me. :)

Thanks, Kristen!


Sorry to hear about your mom, but I am glad it's a little more hopeful. This book is on the pile of books I don't have time to read! (I confess, I drink diet Coke a lot more than water.)


Great thoughts. Pollan is spot on. I started following much of his advice and also began walking every day. I've never felt better and I've dropped 35 pounds! Eat good food but less of it and move more. That's the only health plan we need.



Pollan must type at some freakish and inhuman speed, considering the length of nearly everything he publishes. Love his summary, especially the part about eating only what your great-grandmother would recognize as food. Another easy way to do this is to shop only the perimeter of the grocery store, where the veggies and meats and "natural" stuff is. Once you venture down the aisles, seems like it's nothing but boxed and refined corn-based products. Go-gurt scares me. Sorry life ganged up on you - glad you've started to come into the light at the end of the tunnel.


Very interesting post. I´ve been fairly into Ayurveda recently, the ancient Indian science of well being and it´s amazing how similar it is to Pllan´s advice. Particularly on Red meat and veggies!

Hope your mommy feels better soon. I´m in Peru nursing my mum in law who has liver cirhossis and lukaemia.

christine (myplateoryours)

It's worth getting to Kalyn, when you have the time. Won't stop you drinking diet coke, though, if I am anything to go by.

Good for you, Scott! You must feel great.

I'd heard the same thing about shopping the perimeter of the grocery store, Jared, but I hadn't paid attention. Walked a lap round my local store yesterday after reading your comment and you are exactly right.

Thanks, Malika. Hope things for well for your m-i-l.

the veggie paparazzo

I was happy to read that article a couple of weeks ago and realize, Hey, that's how I've been working on eating for two years now! It's great to feel validated.

I love the way he talked about food-like products that aren't really food at the beginning of the article. It had me cracking up.


I've been hearing more and more about Pollen's book and article in the NY Times. The endives look yummy.


One more thing. I just checked out his book at our library b/c of this post -- my main problem is coming up with a menu for the week that would comply with his suggestions as well as not turn into a second job. Cooking well and making sure you are eating healthy with all there is out there in "processed food" land takes a lot of time, AND money.

I would totally buy a book of recipes that could take both perspectives into account: good recipes for an omnivore that fit a budget and a reasonable schedule. Does that make sense? Is someone out there trying to apply Pollen's concept to daily living? I'd be curious to hear what you think.

christine (myplateoryours)

I don't know of anyone who has adapted an actual diet to Pollan's ideas, Charmaine. I know how hard and time consuming it is to eat a healthy and humane diet. I just try to make more good choices than bad ones, always knowing that there will be busy days when I head to the Taco Bell drive through. But I join a CSA in the summer, shop at farmers markets whenever I can and buy organic at the grocery store when I can't. It's a work in progress for me -- some days I do better than others.

Linda, The Village Vegetable

these look so flavor packed! thanks for sharing. yum-my!

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