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Pollan, Michael

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Most widely held works by Michael Pollan
The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan( Book )

65 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 4,866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What should we have for dinner? When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from a national eating disorder. As the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous landscape, what's at stake becomes not only our own and our children's health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth. Pollan follows each of the food chains--industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves--from the source to the final meal, always emphasizing our coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on. The surprising answers Pollan offers have profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us.--From publisher description
In defense of food : an eater's manifesto by Michael Pollan( Book )

53 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 4,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.--From publisher description
The botany of desire : a plant's eye view of the world by Michael Pollan( Book )

47 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 3,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Idaho farmer cultivates Russet Burbank potatoes so that a customer at a McDonald's half a world away can enjoy a long, golden French fry. A gardener plants tulip bulbs in the fall and, come spring, has a riotous patch of color to admire. Two straightforward examples of how humans act on nature to get what we want. Or are they? What if those potatoes and tulips have evolved to gratify certain human desires so that humans will help them multiply? What if, in other words, these plants are using us just as we use them? Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and in the process spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. What Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates in The Botany of Desire is that people and domesticated plant species have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship, a relationship that is just as common and essential to the way nature works. In this utterly original narrative that blends history, memoir, and the best science writing, Pollan tells the story of four domesticated species-the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato-from the point of view of the plants. All four species are deeply woven into the fabric of our everyday lives, and Pollan illustrates how each has evolved a survival strategy based on satisfying one of humankind's most basic desires. The apple gratifies our taste for sweetness; the tulip attracts us with its beauty; marijuana offers intoxication; and the genetically modified potato gives us a sense of control over nature. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand coevolutionary scheme that Pollan so brilliantly evokes, have done remarkably well by us. Take the apple, for example. In nineteenth-century America, frontier dwellers far from the trading posts of the East lacked a source of sweetness in their diet-and sugar with which to make alcohol. So when a man named John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed) floated down the Ohio River with bushels of apple seeds in his canoe, the settlers seized on the opportunity to grow the fruit on their new land. The pioneers' desire for sweetness was satisfied-and the apple was given a whole new continent on which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom? Weaving fascinating anecdote and accessible science in gorgeous prose, Pollan takes the reader on an absorbing journey through the landscape of botany and desire. It is a journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature. In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three & a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant-though this time the obsession 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 drive men to financial ruin? In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people & 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 humankind's most basic yearnings- & 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? Weaving fascinating anecdotes & accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature
Food, Inc by Robert Kenner( Visual )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and French and held by 3,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the U.S. commercial food industry, examining corporate control of supply and market. The film seeks to demonstrate how the incentive for corporate profit can overwhelm consumer health needs, as well as the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment. Reveals various details of food ingredients and additives, and how contemporary mass production methods of food affects U.S. culture
Cooked : a natural history of transformation by Michael Pollan( Book )

28 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Cooked, 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. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook"--
Food rules : an eater's manual by Michael Pollan( Book )

27 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 2,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the bestselling author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food" comes this collection of simple, sensible, and easy to use rules--the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food he or she eats. (Consumer Health)
The botany of desire( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. The program will explore the natural history of four plants -the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam
Second nature : a gardener's education by Michael Pollan( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One day, Harper's Magazine editor Michael Pollan bought an old Connecticut dairy farm. He planted a garden and attempted to follow Thoreau's example: do not impose your will upon the wilderness, the woodchucks, or the weeds. That ethic, of course, did not work. But neither did pesticides or firebombing the woodchuck burrow. So Pollan began to think about the troubled borders between nature and contemporary life. The result is a funny, profound, and beautifully written book which has become a classic of American nature writing. It inspires thoughts on the war of the roses; sex and class conflict in the garden; virtuous composting; the American lawn; seed catalogs, and the politics of planting a tree. A blend of meditation, autobiography, and social history, Second Nature is ultimately a modern Walden.--From publisher description
In defense of food by Michael Pollan( Recording )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines eating habits in light of contemporary trends toward ultra diet-concsiousness. Presents arguments for more tradition- and ecology-based approaches to eating rather than regarding foods in more scientific or clinical terms
The art of fermentation : an in-depth exploration of essential concepts and processes from around the world by Sandor Ellix Katz( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners. While Katz contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information -- how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more. With full-color illustrations and extended resources, this book provides essential wisdom for cooks, homesteaders, farmers, gleaners, foragers, and food lovers of any kind who want to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for arguably the oldest form of food preservation, and part of the roots of culture itself. Readers will find detailed information on fermenting vegetables; sugars into alcohol (meads, wines, and ciders); sour tonic beverages; milk; grains and starchy tubers; beers (and other grain-based alcoholic beverages); beans; seeds; nuts; fish; meat; and eggs, as well as growing mold cultures, using fermentation in agriculture, art, and energy production, and considerations for commercial enterprises
Seeds of hope : wisdom and wonder from the world of plants by Jane Goodall( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book the author, a renowned naturalist examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world. Long before she began her work with chimpanzees, she had a passion for the natural world. Now she opens our eyes to the profound relationship we have with the world of plants, exploring our dependence on the plant kingdom as food, medicine, and our helpers in the task of healing the harm we have inflicted on the natural world
A place of my own : the education of an amateur builder by Michael Pollan( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Design and building - from siting to blueprint, from the pouring of foundations to finish carpentry - with reflections on everything from the power of place to shape our lives to the question of what constitutes "real work" in a technological society. With one eye on Thoreau and the other on Mr. Blandings, Pollan uses the biography of a single tiny building to brilliantly illuminate the history, and meaning, of all human building: how nature is both sacrificed and
Cooked [a natural history of transformation] by Michael Pollan( Recording )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Cooked, 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. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook"--Container
Queen of the sun what are the bees telling us? by Taggart Siegel( Visual )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beekeepers and scientists explore the mysterious worldwide crisis of disappearing honeybees
The botany of desire a plant's eye view of the world by Michael Pollan( Recording )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the relationship between humans and domesticated plants
The omnivore's dilemma a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan( Recording )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ecological and anthropological study of eating offers insight into food consumption in the twenty-first century, explaining how an abundance of unlimited food varieties reveals the responsibilities of consumers to protect their health and the environment
Killer at large( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncover the causes of obesity and the unprecedented rates in which it is spreading in the United States, and learn ways that might reverse the trend that is projected to affect 75% of Americans within the next ten years
The Pollan family table : the best recipes and kitchen wisdom for delicious, healthy family meals by Corky Pollan( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family's best recipes. For generations, the Pollans have used fresh, local ingredients to cook healthy, irresistible meals. Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have changed our culture and the way we think about food, writes in his foreword about how the family meals he ate growing up shaped his worldview. This stunning and practical cookbook gives you the tools you need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in your everyday life and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring your family back to the table"--Jacket
Twelve recipes by Cal Peternell( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cookbook and kitchen manual filled with photos and drawings offers basic techniques and essential recipes that transform standard ingredients--including eggs, beans, and pasta--into simple, elegant dishes
Food politics : how the food industry influences nutrition and health by Marion Nestle( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Essential reading for anyone seriously interested in addressing the nutritional dilemma facing the United States" -- Science
 
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The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals
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Michael Pollan giornalista statunitense

Michael Pollan US-amerikanischer Journalist

Поллан, Майкл

מייקל פולן

פולאן, מייקל

פולן, מייקל 1955-

פולן, מיקל 1955-

مایکل پولان ژورنالیست، نویسنده، و استاد دانشگاه آمریکایی

마이클 폴란

ポーラン, マイケル

米高波倫

迈克尔波伦

麥可波倫

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In defense of food : an eater's manifestoThe botany of desire : a plant's eye view of the worldFood rules : an eater's manualThe botany of desireSecond nature : a gardener's educationIn defense of foodA place of my own : the education of an amateur builderThe botany of desire a plant's eye view of the worldThe omnivore's dilemma a natural history of four meals