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Culinate Newsletter Feb 13 08

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,

  I wonder which (if any) of the presidential candidates are familiar with Michael Pollan? This writer, whose book The Omnivore's Dilemma continues to change people's lives two years after it was published, is, as one reporter put it, a guru of good food -- albeit a somewhat reluctant one. Because of Pollan, in part, people everywhere are asking important questions about where their food comes from, who's growing it, and how it connects to their good health and the health of our planet.

 Pollan's new book, In Defense of Food, takes to task both the science of "nutritionism," for giving short shrift to taste, variety, and common sense, and the food industry, for hawking food-like products that aren't as good for us as the manufacturers want us to believe. But it also steps back from the confusion felt by many 21st-century eaters and gives simple, sound advice for taking back dinner: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." On Culinate this week, we summarize eight of Pollan's suggestions for eating more deliberately. (And that means no lunch at your desk!)

 Kim Carlson
 Editorial Director

 P.S. Our newest [/mix/dinnerguest "Dinner Guest"] blogger, [/mix/dinnerguest?author=5811 "Cynthia Lair,"] would like to know which roadblocks keep you from eating better? Is it cost, time, or lack of cooking skills? Are you working on it? Head [mix/dinnerguest/whatroadblockskeepyoufromeatingwell over] and tell Cynthia what's what.

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story1text: Marisa McClellan's entire family is sweet on Grandma Bunny's recipe.
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story2text: Intimidated by the process of making stock? Let Kelly Myers show you how to do it.

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