Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Outside of a Dog, #20

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx.

We all know we should be eating healthier but just what does that really mean? The following authors offer their own individual and unique views of how to improve our diets.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto - Michael Pollan

The author himself has summed up his book in three simple directives – “Eat Food, Not too Much, Mostly Plants”. He explains how to achieve those simply stated goals with wit and enthusiasm.


Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal - Eric Schlosser

A best seller several years ago, this book still hasn’t lost its impact for first time readers. Not only a searing indictment of the way the majority of fast food is manufactured, the author includes defining and definitive evidence how it is damaging our health as well as our society.

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What to Eat - Marion Nestle


Real Food: What to Eat and Why - Nina Planck

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Both of the above titles by Nestle and Planck offer factual and realistic advice on how to improve our increasing processed and ultimately unhealthy American diet. Much of their background information of the food industry as a whole is shocking as well as discouraging; still they both present viable options for consumers interested in fighting back with their pocketbooks and improving their diets.

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