Michael Pollan

1 How to Change Your Mind

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Health, Mind & Body  Books  Professional & Technical  Medical  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2018-05-15
Description :  <b><b>A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five <i>New York Times</i> best sellers, into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences </b></b><br /><br />When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.<br /><br />A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, <i>How to Change Your Mind</i> is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

2 The Omnivore's Dilemma

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Diet & Nutrition  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Nonfiction  Social Science  Health & Fitness  Cookbooks, Food & Wine 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2006-04-11
Description :  <b>One of the <i>New York&#xa0;Times Book&#xa0;Review's </i>Ten Best Books of the Year</b><br /><br /> <b>Winner of the James Beard Award<br /><br /> Author of <i>How to Change Your Mind </i>and the #1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestsellers <i>In&#xa0;Defense of Food&#xa0;</i>and <i>Food Rules</i></b><br /><br />What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with&#xa0;<i>The Omnivore’s Dilemma,&#xa0;</i>his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species.&#xa0;In the years since, Pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later,&#xa0;<i>The Omnivore’s Dilemma</i>&#xa0;continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

3 Food Rules

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Diet & Nutrition  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Health & Fitness 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2009-12-29
Description :  <b>#1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br /><br /> A definitive compendium of food wisdom</b><br /><br /> Eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, <i>Food Rule</i>s brings welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. Written with clarity, concision, and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation. It’s an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, “What should I eat?”<br /><br /> <b>"In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called <i>Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual</i>, by Michael Pollan." --Jane Brody, <i>The New York Times </i><br /><br /> "The most sensible diet plan ever? We think it's the one that Michael Pollan outlined a few years ago: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” So we're happy that in his little new book, <i>Food Rules,</i> Pollan offers more common-sense rules for eating: 64 of them, in fact, all thought-provoking and some laugh-out-loud funny." --<i>The Houston Chronicle</i><br /><br /> " It doesn't get much easier than this. Each page has a simple rule, sometimes with a short explanation, sometimes without, that promotes Pollan's back-to-the-basics-of-food (and-food-enjoyment) philosophy." --<i>The Los Angeles Times</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> "A useful and funny purse-sized manual that could easily replace all the diet books on your bookshelf."&#xa0; --Tara Parker-Pope, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> Michael Pollan’s most recent book <i>Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation</i>--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it serves as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

4 In Defense of Food

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Diet & Nutrition  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Health & Fitness 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2008-01-01
Description :  <b>#1 <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller from the author of <i>How to Change Your Mind, The Omnivore's Dilemma, </i>and <i>Food Rules&#xa0;</i></b><br /><br /> <b>Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?</b><br /><br /> Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With <i>In Defense of Food</i>, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.<br /><br /> <b>"Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation's food conscience."<br /> -Frank Bruni, <i>The New York Times</i><br /><br /> " A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave."<br /> <i>-The Washington Post</i><br /><br /> "A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential... [a] lively, invaluable book."<br /> --Janet Maslin, <i>The New York Times</i><br /><br /> "<i>In Defense of Food</i> is written with Pollan's customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots."<br /> <i>-The Seattle Times</i></b><br /><br />Michael Pollan’s most recent book&#xa0;<i>Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation</i>--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it serves as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.

5 Cooked

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2013-04-23
Description :  In <i>Cooked</i>, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer.<br /><br /> Each section of <i>Cooked </i>tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements. A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse–trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-genius “fermentos” (a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers) reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all. The reader learns alongside Pollan, but the lessons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships. Cooking, above all, connects us.<br /><br /> The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. In fact, <i>Cooked</i> argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life.

6 The Omnivore's Dilemma

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Health  Books  Young Adult  Social Studies 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-10-15
Description :  <b><i>The New York Times</i> bestseller that’s changing America’s diet is now perfect for younger readers</b><br />“What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. <br /><br />In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, as well as a new afterword and backmatter, <i>The Omnivore’s Dilemma</i> serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits—and it starts with you.

7 The Botany of Desire

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Nature  Books  Science & Nature  Life Sciences 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2001-05-08
Description :  <b>The book that helped make Michael Pollan,&#xa0;the&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestselling author of&#xa0;<i>Cooked</i>&#xa0;and&#xa0;<i>The Omnivore’s Dilemma,&#xa0;</i>one of the most trusted food experts in America</b><br /><br />In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant—though this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin?<br /><br /> In <i>The Botany of Desire,</i> Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankinds’s most basic yearnings—and by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we’ve benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom?<br /><br /> Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

8 Seeds of Hope

Author : Jane Goodall, Gail Hudson & Michael Pollan
Genre :  Nature  Books  Science & Nature  Lifestyle & Home  Gardening 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-04-01
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>From world-renowned scientist Jane Goodall, as seen in the new National Geographic documentary <i>Jane</i>, comes a fascinating examination of the critical role that trees and plants play in our world.</b><br /><br /> SEEDS OF HOPE takes us from Goodall's home in England to her home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank. She shows us the secret world of plants with all their mysteries and potential for healing our bodies as well as Planet Earth.<br /><br /> Looking at the world as an adventurer, scientist, and devotee of sustainable foods and gardening--and setting forth simple goals we can all take to protect the plants around us--Goodall delivers an enlightening story of the wonders we can find in our own backyards.

9 Green Thoughts

Author : Eleanor Perenyi, Allen Lacy & Michael Pollan
Genre :  Gardening  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2002-02-19
Description :  <b><b>“Unlike any other gardening book I know, with its Old World charm, its down-to-earth practicality, its whimsy and sophistication.”—Brooke Astor,&#xa0;<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b></b><br /><br />A classic in the literature of the garden, <i>Green Thoughts</i> is a beautifully written and highly original collection of seventy-two essays, alphabetically arranged, on topics ranging from “Annuals” and “Artichokes” to “Weeds” and “Wildflowers.” An amateur gardener for over thirty years, Eleanor Perényi draws upon her wide-ranging knowledge of gardening lore to create a delightful, witty blend of how-to advice, informed opinion, historical insight, and philosophical musing. There are entries in praise of earthworms and in protest of rock gardens, a treatise on the sexual politics of tending plants, and a paean to the salubrious effect of gardening (see “Longevity” ). Twenty years after its initial publication, <i>Green Thoughts</i> remains as much a joy to read as ever. <br /><br /> This Modern Library edition is published with a new Introduction by Allen Lacy, former gardening columnist for <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> and <i>The New York Times</i> and the author of numerous gardening books.<br /><br /><b>“You do not have to be a good gardener to fall in love with <i>Green Thoughts. </i>It reads with the intrepid assurance of a classic.”—Mary McCarthy, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /><b><b><br />“One of those dangerous reference works that you reach for at a moment of horticultural crisis or indecision only to find yourself an hour later browsing far beyond the page where you began.”—</b><i><b><i>The New Yorker</i></b></i></b>

10 Second Nature

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Gardening  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2007-12-01
Description :  Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the seventy-five greatest books ever written about gardening, <i>Second Nature</i> has become a manifesto for rethinking our relationship with nature. With chapter ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn and a dispatch from one man’s war with a woodchuck to reflections on the sexual politics of roses, Pollan captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation.

11 Saber comer

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Health & Fitness  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2012-11-21
Description :  <b>Una guía sencilla para comer de manera inteligente</b><br />&#xa0;<br />Comer no tiene por qué ser tan complicado. En esta época de dietas milagrosas demasiado elaboradas y consejos contradictorios sobre salud y nutrición, <i>Saber comer</i> nos ofrece 64 reglas básicas para nuestra alimentación diaria. Escrito con claridad, precisión y una agudeza que lo ha llevado a convertirse en un bestseller, este manual indispensable bebe de una gran variedad de tradiciones y nos muestra cómo las distintas culturas han alcanzado a través de los siglos una sabiduría común sobre la comida. <i>Saber comer</i> es un manual perfecto para gente con sentido común y para todo aquel que alguna vez se haya preguntado “¿qué, cuándo, y cómo debería comer?”.

12 Cocinar

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-02-13
Description :  <b>Una magnífica investigación para comprender el poder mágico de transformación de la cocina.</b><br /><br />«Los cocineros trabajan con materia viva, no solo con teclados y con pantallas, sino con cosas fundamentales como plantas, animales y hongos. También trabajan con los elementos: el fuego, el agua, la tierra y el aire, y los utilizan -¡los dominan!- para realizar sus deliciosas alquimias.»<br /><br />La gastronomía ocupa un lugar cada vez más importante en nuestra cultura, en la que veneramos a los chefs famosos y disfrutamos con los reality shows sobre cocina. Y a pesar de eso, y aunque tenemos acceso a ingredientes frescos llegados de todos los rincones del mundo, año tras año nos hundimos más y más en las tierras pantanosas de la comida procesada.<br /><br />El maravilloso libro de Michael Pollan es un alegato a favor de las virtudes y los valores de cocinar, una actividad esencial que se remonta a los orígenes de nuestrasculturas, nos define como seres humanos, configura la vida familiar y produce placer. Pollan nos explica los fundamentos de la cocina a partir de los principios más básicos y de los distintos tipos de transformación de la comida a través de los cuatro elementos: agua, fuego, tierra y aire.<br /><br /><i>Cocinar </i>es una divertida invocación a los lectores para que tomen el control de su propio destino, y vuelvan a ser capaces de divertirse con el mágico poder de transformación de la cocina. Porque cocinar puede transformar el modo en el que nos vemos a nosotros mismos y a nuestra familia y amigos.

13 El dilema del omnívoro

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  Health, Mind & Body  Health & Fitness  Professional & Technical  Medical 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2017-01-19
Description :  <b>En este revolucionario libro, Michael Pollan, uno de los escritores más brillantes, originales y elocuentes de Estados Unidos, aborda la aparentemente sencilla pregunta de qué deberíamos comer, ofreciéndonos unas respuestas que tienen profundas implicaciones políticas, económicas, psicológicas e incluso morales para todos nosotros.</b><br /><br /><b><i>¿Qué cenaremos hoy?</i></b><br /><br />Nos hemos confrontado a esta pregunta desde que el hombre descubrió el fuego, pero para Michael Pollan la manera en que la abordamos hoy en día podría llegar a determinar nuestra supervivencia en cuanto a especie.<br /><br />El hecho de que seamos omnívoros y podamos ingerir todo tipo de alimentos hace que nuestro acto de decidir qué queremos comer se vuelva un dilema, sobre todo ante la abundancia de productos que nos ofrece el desconcertante y traicionero mercado alimenticio. Cuando escogemos nuestro tipo de alimentación, no solamente entra en juego la salud propia o la de nuestros hijos, sino la de todo el medioambiente.<br /><br /><b>Escrito de manera excelente y profusamente argumentado, <i>El dilema del omnívoro</i> promete cambiar nuestra percepción sobre las políticas alimenticias y el placer de la comida.</b>

14 Regras da comida

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2010-09-01
Description :  Escrito com a concisão, a sabedoria e a clareza que se tornaram marcas registradas de Michael Pollan, esse manual estabelece uma série de regras simples e fáceis de memorizar para comer com sabedoria – uma por página, seguida de uma breve explicação quando necessário.<br /><br /> Pollan elegeu os princípios básicos que devem nortear a dieta equilibrada e dividiu as regras da alimentação saudável em três categorias. A primeira, "O que devo comer? Coma comida de verdade", destina-se a distinguir o que é comida saudável das "substâncias comestíveis parecidas com comida", que fazem adoecer e engordar. "Que tipo de comida devo comer? Principalmente vegetais" esclarece distinções entre os variados tipos de alimentos e questões como o consumo de carne – que não precisa ser banida da dieta. Na terceira parte, "Como devo comer? Pouco", ele aborda as estratégias para se chegar à maneira correta de se alimentar com dicas que visam a evitar os excessos responsáveis pelo sobrepeso e suas consequências.<br /> Sucinto e prático, o livro Regras da comida: um manual da sabedoria alimentar prova que comer bem pode ser fácil e muito prazeroso.

15 Em defesa da comida

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2008-09-05
Description :  Michael Pollan investiga também os motivos de a maioria dos alimentos da dieta ocidental ser comercializada com destaque de seus benefícios à saúde. Hoje os comestíveis anunciam “vitaminas”, “baixo teor de gordura” ou “enriquecimento” com ômega-3 ferro, magnésio, soja ou uma série de substâncias pretensamente saudáveis, que variam conforme campanhas de marketing fundamentadas em diretrizes econômicas e/ou governamentais. Em defesa da comida ressalta que esse deve ser o primeiro sinal de alerta. Afinal, quatro das dez principais causas de morte são doenças crônicas ligadas à alimentação: distúrbios coronarianos, diabetes, AVC e câncer.<br /><br /> Se nos falta comida de verdade – aquela que nossas avós reconheceriam como comida e que dispensava rótulos com as porcentagens de adição de substâncias benéficas, nutrientes, teor calórico ou índices de gorduras –, Michael Pollan mostra o que de fato aconteceu e desvirtuou a cadeia alimentar. Por isso ele indica o que fazer propondo hábitos simples e libertadores: Coma comida. Não muita. Principalmente vegetais.<br /><br /> Saúde e alimentos não-industrializados andam juntos. E apesar das verdadeiras ameaças ao bem-estar disponíveis nas prateleiras dos supermercados, podemos escapar das doenças crônicas resultantes dessa dieta realocando nossos hábitos e nosso apetite. Em defesa da comida aponta as escolhas que podem transformar nossa compreensão do que significa ser saudável, e levar ainda mais prazer às refeições.

16 A Place of My Own

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Health & Fitness  Arts & Entertainment  Art & Architecture 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2008-12-30
Description :  <b>A captivating personal inquiry into the art of architecture, the craft of building, and the meaning of modern work</b><br /><br /><i>“A room of one’s own: Is there anybody who hasn’t at one time or another wished for such a place, hasn’t turned those soft words over until they’d assumed a habitable shape?”</i><br /><br />When Michael Pollan decided to plant a garden, the result was the acclaimed bestseller&#xa0;<i>Second Nature</i>. In&#xa0;<i>A Place of My Own,&#xa0;</i>he turns his sharp insight to the craft of building, as he recounts the process of designing and constructing a small one-room structure on his rural Connecticut property—a place in which he hoped to read, write, and daydream, built with his own two unhandy hands.<br /><br />Invoking the titans of architecture, literature, and philosophy, from Vitruvius to Thoreau, from the Chinese masters of feng shui to the revolutionary Frank Lloyd Wright, Pollan brilliantly chronicles a realm of blueprints, joints, and trusses as he peers into the ephemeral nature of “houseness” itself. From the spark of an idea to the search for a perfect site to the raising of a ridgepole, Pollan revels in the infinitely detailed, complex process of creating a finished structure. At once superbly written, informative, and enormously entertaining,&#xa0;<i>A Place of My Own</i>&#xa0;is for anyone who has ever wondered how the walls around us take shape—and how we might shape them ourselves.<br /><br /><b>Praise for&#xa0;<i>A Place of My Own</i></b><br /><br />“A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br />“[Pollan] alternates between describing the building process and introducing informative asides on various aspects of construction. These explanations are deftly and economically supplied. Pollan’s beginner status serves him well, for he asks the kind of obvious questions about building that most readers will want answered.”&#xa0;<b>—<i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /><br />“By shrewdly combining just the right mix of personal reflection, architectural background, and nuts-and-bolts detail, Michael Pollan enables us to see, feel, and understand what goes into the building of a house. The result is a captivating and informative adventure.”<b><i>—</i>John Berendt<b>, author of&#xa0;<i>Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil</i></b></b><br /><br />“An utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body and the human spirit.”<b>—Francine du Plessix Gray</b><br /><br />“A tour de force.”<b><i>—</i>Phillip Lopate</b>

17 O dilema do onívoro

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Health & Fitness  Books  Health, Mind & Body 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2007-07-20
Description :  O autor americano fez uma espécie de genealogia da comida ao percorrer, em marcha a ré, a trajetória do alimento da mesa até sua origem mais remota. Muito além do jornalismo, dá absolutamente todas as explicações a respeito de cada ingrediente consumido diariamente. Ao contrário dos que tentam esquecer os abusos da indústria alimentícia, Michael Pollan leu o rótulo e viajou até o pedaço de terra onde cada substância foi plantada. Percebeu que identificar o desenvolvimento, a manipulação e a industrialização das comidas processadas exige talento de um detetive ecológico, munido de coragem e destreza.<br /><br /> No início dessa investigação retrospectiva da cadeia alimentar, o autor descobriu a onipresença do milho, que alimenta não só a galinha como o cordeiro e o salmão! Obra da superprodução dessas calorias baratas conquistada pela agricultura americana. Seja nos refrigerantes, no creme para o café, na fruta em lata ou nas misturas para bolos, o grão é superestimado pela indústria, apesar de seus conhecidos danos à saúde. Por isso Pollan visitou campos cultivados, pilotou tratores em milharais e fez perguntas capciosas aos produtores, obrigados a tornar cada processo transparente e acessível ao leigo.<br /><br /> O jornalista devassou o processamento da comida em todos os seus aspectos, até o das propostas aparentemente mais saudáveis. Quando descobriu as fazendas "orgânicas industriais", surpreendeu-se com a contradição da proposta: numa grande cadeia de lojas de produtos orgânicos, o rótulo do frango "Rosie" afirmava ser "criado em liberdade". Ao seguir seus traços até o abrigo em que vivia, verificou que, a não ser pelo certificado orgânico de sua ração, também era mantido em cárceres como os das galinhas confinadas em granjas industriais.<br /><br /> Michael Pollan visitou matadouros e delatou a brutalidade com que os animais são abatidos nos Estados Unidos, segundo ele, sem precedentes em todo o mundo. A certa altura, foi à caça de um porco para se conscientizar da agonia do bicho, estripando-o e o preparando para um jantar feito apenas com ingredientes que ele próprio coletou. Trata-se de um impressionante e detalhado tratado sobre alimentação que, pela competência e incansável pesquisa do autor, foi incluído nas listas dos melhores livros do ano das principais publicações americanas.

18 Saber Comer

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Health & Fitness  Books  Health, Mind & Body 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-02-09
Description :  Michael Pollan, professor na Universidade de Berkeley, é um dos jornalistas científicos mais premiados deste século. Ao longo de mais de 25 anos, andou a estudar os nossos hábitos alimentares e a publicar livros sobre o tema. Agora, em «Saber Comer», o autor sintetizou toda a ciência, todos os estudos, numa frase que se tornou célebre: «Coma comida. Coma pouco. Sobretudo vegetais.» São seis palavras apenas, que o autor explica e desdobra em 64 regras que nunca mais esquecere-mos. Fáceis de ler, sem linguagem técnica, ajudam-nos a escolher a com...

19 Cozinhar

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Methods  Books  Cookbooks, Food & Wine 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-07-01
Description :  Nos dias de hoje, diante de uma vida atribulada, as pessoas pensam cada vez mais em comida, embora dediquem cada vez menos tempo ao preparo de suas refeições. Preocupam-se com a quantidade de calorias ingeridas e com a qualidade dos ingredientes, mas reservam mais horas para assistir aos programas de culinária na TV do que efetivamente passam dentro da cozinha. E enchem a despensa com produtos industrializados supostamente “saudáveis”.<br /> Nesse cenário tão contraditório, o escritor Michael Pollan convida o leitor a redescobrir a experiência fascinante de transformar os alimentos. A partir dos quatro elementos da natureza — fogo, água, ar e terra —, ele nos mostra o calor ancestral do churrasco, o caldo perfumado dos assados de panela, a leveza dos pães integrais e a magia da fermentação de um chucrute. Ao relatar suas experiências pessoais com os processos de preparação da comida, Pollan mergulha numa história tão antiga quanto a da própria humanidade e propõe uma redescoberta de sabores e valores esquecidos.<br /> Cozinhar é, ao mesmo tempo, investigação científica e narrativa pessoal, guia pragmático sobre o preparo de alimentos e reflexão filosófica sobre a transformação da natureza. Partindo do trabalho de filósofos e antropólogos, Pollan ressalta que o ato de cozinhar é um dos fatores que definem a espécie humana. Ao aprender a usar o fogo para preparar alimentos, nossos ancestrais abriram caminho para o desenvolvimento da civilização. E ele alerta: precisamos reconquistar o território da cozinha. Com isso, reforçamos vínculos comunitários e familiares e, ao mesmo tempo, damos um passo importante para tornar nosso sistema alimentar mais saudável e sustentável.

20 64 Grundregeln ESSEN

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Special Diet  Books  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Health, Mind & Body  Health & Fitness  Diet & Nutrition 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2011-04-18
Description :  Essen Sie nichts, was Ihre Großmutter nicht als Essen erkannt hätte<br /><br />Vernünftige Ernährung ist an sich nicht kompliziert. Mühsam ist höchstens, all das wieder zu verlernen, was uns die Nahrungsmittelindustrie an gestörtem Essverhalten angewöhnt hat. 64 einfache und intelligente Leitsätze (jeweils mit Begründung und Erläuterung) bringen Licht in den modernen Ernährungsdschungel. Faustregeln wie: „Vermeide Nahrungsmittel, die mehr als fünf Zutaten haben“ oder „Vermeide Lebensmittel, die du aus der Fernsehwerbung kennst“ bringen die Sache auf den Punkt. Dieses kleine „Handbuch“ ist witzig, praktisch und tief durchdacht.

21 Il dilemma dell'onnivoro

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-02-19
Description :  Che cosa mangiamo e perché? Sono domande che ci poniamo ogni giorno, convinti che per rispondere basti sfogliare la rubrica di un giornale, o ascoltare per qualche minuto l’ultimo imbonitore nutrizionista ospitato in tv. Ma se quelle domande le si guarda un po’ più da vicino, come fa Michael Pollan in questo documentato e brillantissimo saggio, forse il primo sull’argomento a non prendere nessun partito, se non quello dell’ironia e del buon senso, le risposte appaiono meno scontate. Che legga insieme a noi le strepitose biografie del pollo «biologico» riportate sulla confezione di petti del medesimo, o attraversi le lande grigie e fangose del Midwest, dove milioni di bovini nutriti a mais e antibiotici vivono la loro breve esistenza fra immense pozze di liquame, egli arriva immancabilmente a conclusioni di volta in volta raccapriccianti o paradossali. Il problema, che Pollan descrive con rigore ed e- strema chiarezza, è che trovarsi al vertice della catena alimentare – cioè poter mangiare, a differenza delle altre specie, pressoché tutto – offre all’homo sapiens numerosi vantaggi, ma lo espone anche a quasi infinite possibilità di manipolazione. Per condurre una vita meno insana, dunque, l’onnivoro ha bisogno di sapere, sui propri appetiti e sui propri meccanismi adattivi, almeno quanto ne sanno gli strateghi dell’industria alimentare. In altre parole, ha bisogno di un libro come questo.

22 Das Omnivoren-Dilemma

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Special Diet  Books  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Health, Mind & Body  Health & Fitness 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2013-05-28
Description :  Das Standardwerk über vernünftige Ernährung<br /><br />Der Mensch gehört von der Konsititution seiner Verdauungsorgane her zu den Omnivoren, den Allesfressern. Das war in der Evolution sicherlich nützlich. Doch das heutige Überangebot von Nahrungsmitteln in Supermärkten und Schnellrestaurants bringt nicht nur ihn selbst körperlich an den Rand des Abgrunds, sondern ruiniert auch noch seinen Lebensraum und sein soziales Umfeld. Mit Biss und investigativer Recherche sieht sich Pollan um, wie unsere Nahrungsmittel hergestellt und verarbeitet werden, vom Maisfeld über Cheeseburger mit Pommes bis zum Öko-Menü. Er öffnet uns die Augen für unser gestörtes Essverhalten und für den Weg zurück zu Einfachheit und Genuss.

23 Breviario di resistenza alimentare

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Special Diet  Books  Cookbooks, Food & Wine 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2011-01-26
Description :  Cosa ci fa bene e cosa ci fa male, quando siamo seduti a tavola? Decenni di nutrizionismo, dibattiti, diete e consigli degli esperti non sembrano aver risolto la questione. anzi, mentre i nostri scaffali si riempiono di cibi pratici, economici, studiati apposta per rispondere alle più avanzate esigenze salutistiche, la nostra salute risente sempre più di problemi legati all'alimentazione. Già autore di best seller ironici e autorevoli sulle meraviglie della dieta umana e sui danni della scienza alimentare, come Il dilemma dell'onnivoro e In difesa del cibo, Michael Pollan racchiude in sessantaquattro regole d'oro alcune perle di saggezza, detti popolari e trucchi per mangiare bene, dettati da secoli di esperienza e dal buon senso e che la scienza ha poi confermato.

24 Hope Beneath Our Feet

Author : Martin Keogh, Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker & Howard Zinn
Genre :  Nature  Books  Science & Nature  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2010-09-07
Description :  The environmental “tipping point” we approach is more palpable each day, and people are seeing it in ways they can no longer ignore—we need only turn on the news to hear the litany of what is wrong around us. Serious reflection, inspiration, and direction on how to approach the future are now critical.<br /><br /><i>Hope Beneath Our Feet</i> creates a space for change with stories, meditations, and essays that address the question, “If our world is facing an imminent environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?” This collection provides tools, both practical and spiritual, to those who care about our world and to those who are just now realizing they need to care. Featuring prominent environmentalists, artists, CEOs, grassroots activists, religious figures, scientists, policy makers, and indigenous leaders, <i>Hope Beneath Our Feet</i> shows readers how to find constructive ways to channel their energies and fight despair with engagement and participation. Presenting diverse strategies for change as well as grounds for hope, the contributors to this anthology celebrate the ways in which we can all engage in beneficial action for ourselves, our communities, and the world.<br /><br />Contributors include: <br />Diane Ackerman<br />Paul Hawken<br />Derrick Jensen<br />Barbara Kingsolver<br />Francis Moore Lappé<br />Barry Lopez<br />Bill McKibben<br />Michael Pollan<br />Alice Walker<br />Howard Zinn<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

25 Lebens-Mittel

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Special Diet  Books  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Health, Mind & Body  Health & Fitness 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2010-03-04
Description :  Ein Plädoyer gegen synthetische Nahrung und das Geschäft mit Ergänzungsstoffen.<br /><br />„Je mehr wir uns über Ernährung Sorgen machen, desto weniger gesund werden wir“, schreibt Michael Pollan. Er reduziert seine Ernährungstipps auf den Satz: „Esst Nahrung, nicht zu viel und überwiegend Pflanzen“ und plädiert im Übrigen dafür, das Essen dem gesunden Menschenverstand zu überlassen. Ein vergnüglicher Antiratgeber, der auf erfrischende Weise gegen den Strich gebürstet ist. Er macht Schluss mit dem Diätenwahn und gibt uns endlich die Lust am Essen zurück.

26 Dilema všežravce

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2013-12-06
Description :  Autor se ve své mimořádně čtivé práci zaměřuje na velkovýrobu potravin v USA, ovšem jeho poznatky jsou stejně platné pro všechny vyspělé země západního světa. Krom alarmujícího reportážního popisu samotné produkce uvažuje i o tom, jaký má dopad na krajinu, hospodářské plodiny a zvířata, ale i na skladbu našeho jídelníčku, stravovací návyky, kulturu stolování i zdraví člověka.&#xa0;<br /> Jeho popis průmyslového zpracování potravin, do kterého vstupuje chemie či genetické inženýrství, je varovný, autor nicméně v této i dalších svých knihách nabízí i východisko. Prostá doporučení typu "nejezte nic, co by vaše babička nepovažovala za potravinu" či "nekupujte nic, co je složeno víc než z pěti ingrediencí", apelování na návrat tradičním receptům a místním dodavatelům jsou stejně platná i pro českého čtenáře.&#xa0;<br /> Michael Pollan se této tematice věnuje soustavně a s mimořádným čtenářským ohlasem. Mezi jeho knihami najdeme tituly jako Obrana jídla: Jedlíkův manifest či Pravidla pro stravu: Jedlíkův manuál.

27 Cotto

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Health & Fitness  Books  Health, Mind & Body 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2014-08-27
Description :  Più ore passiamo a seguire in tv i presunti virtuosismi di aspiranti cuochi, meno sappiamo mettere in tavola qualcosa di decente. Michael Pollan, si sa, ama i paradossi, e nel tentativo di sciogliere quello alla base del suo nuovo libro è partito per un viaggio sulle piste dei quattro elementi con cui da tempo immemorabile cuciniamo (acqua, aria, ferro, fuoco), e a caccia dei piccoli ma affascinanti misteri che i cuochi veri rivelano a chi sa ascoltarli. Un'avventu­ra che lo ha portato molto lontano – nelle immense fornaci dove si prepara un barbecue leggendario in tutti gli Stati Uniti, ad esempio – e molto vicino, sui tavoli delle nostre cucine: che dopo aver letto questo libro non riusciremo più a guardare (né a usare) nello stesso modo.

28 Una seconda natura

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Gardening  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2016-03-31
Description :  Dacché Nabucodonosor elevò i giardini pensili di Babilonia pur di lenire la nostalgia della sua sposa per le colline dell'infanzia, il giardino è sempre stato una seconda natura, foggiata dall'uomo in base alla sua cultura ed esperienza. Ma di questi tempi il giardino è anche un campo di battaglia ideologico ed etico fra l'«utopia suburbana» del prato sempre perfettamente curato e la ribellione antinomiana dei cultori della wilderness, discepoli di Thoreau. Per fortuna esiste un terzo partito – quello che fu, ad esempio, di Alexander Pope, che agli architetti del paesaggio suoi contemporanei consigliava semplicemente: «Consulta sempre il Genio del luogo». Pollan – che di Pope condivide l'ironia e il buonsenso, oltre che il piglio eclettico da filosofo, umorista, narratore e polemista – sa da quale parte schierarsi, e lo fa nel modo che più gli è congeniale: con questo volume, che riesce a essere al tempo stesso esilarante autobiografia, racconto di un'odissea intellettuale e brioso trattato di giardinaggio empirico-teorico.

29 Saber Comer

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Medical  Books  Professional & Technical 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-08-31
Description :  Michael Pollan, professor na Universidade de Berkeley, é um dos jornalistas científicos mais premiados deste século. Ao longo de mais de 25 anos, andou a estudar os nossos hábitos alimentares e a publicar livros sobre o tema. Agora, em «Saber Comer», o autor sintetizou toda a ciência, todos os estudos, numa frase que se tornou célebre: «Coma comida. Coma pouco. Sobretudo vegetais.» São seis palavras apenas, que o autor explica e desdobra em 64 regras que nunca mais esqueceremos. Fáceis de ler, sem linguagem técnica, ajudam-nos a escolher a comida.

30 Magia gotowania

Author : Michael Pollan
Genre :  Cookbooks, Food & Wine  Books 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2018-01-23
Description :  <b>Bestsellerowa książka, która zainspirowała Netflix do stworzenia serialu „W kuchni”</b><br /><br /> W dzisiejszym świecie coraz mniej ludzi poświęca czas na przygotowywanie posiłków. Mimo tego liczne programy kulinarne cieszą się ogromną popularnością, a zawodowi kucharze stają się celebrytami na miarę słynnych sportowców czy aktorów. Na czym polega magia gotowania, która nas przyciąga? Odpowiedź znajdziesz w <i>Magii gotowania</i>.<br /><br /> Słynny aktywista i dziennikarz, Michael Pollan, zabiera cię w inspirującą podróż przez lata, kontynenty i żywioły, aby udowodnić ci, że gotowanie jest jedną z najciekawszych i najwartościowszych czynności, jaką możesz wykonywać.<br /><br /> Książka dzieli się na cztery części, z których każda dotyczy jednej z wielkich transformacji, które nazywamy gotowaniem. Odpowiadają one czterem żywiołom: ogniowi, wodzie, powietrzu i ziemi. To doskonała opowieść na temat natury pracy, tradycji i rytuałów rytmu codziennego życia, dzieleniu się i dawaniu najbliższym tego, co najważniejsze.<br /><br /><b>__</b><br /><br /><b>O autorze</b><br /><br /><b>Michael Pollan</b> – aktywista, dziennikarz specjalizujący się w tematyce żywienia i produkcji żywności. Autor siedmiu bestsellerów „The New York Times”., m.in. <i>Jak jeść. Przewodnik konsumenta</i> oraz <i>W obronie jedzenia. Manifest wszystkożerców</i>. W 2010 magazyn „TIME” umieścił go na liście stu najbardziej wpływowych ludzi na świecie. W 2016 roku platforma Netflix opublikowała cztery odcinki programu dokumentalnego na podstawie książki <i>Magia gotowania. Naturalna historia transformacji</i>.



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