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Pollan, Michael

Overview
Works: 180 works in 533 publications in 4 languages and 33,758 library holdings
Genres: Television adaptations  Popular works  Personal narratives  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Case studies  Manuscripts 
Roles: Interviewee, Consultant, Speaker, Author of introduction, Narrator
Classifications: RA784, 394.12
Publication Timeline
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Publications by  Michael Pollan Publications by Michael Pollan
Most widely held works by Michael Pollan
The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan ( Book )
27 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 4,913 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 )
28 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 4,442 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 )
38 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 3,793 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 )
23 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,085 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
Food rules : an eater's manual by Michael Pollan ( Book )
24 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 3,025 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)
Cooked : a natural history of transformation by Michael Pollan ( Book )
20 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,696 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"--
Second nature : a gardener's education by Michael Pollan ( Book )
17 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,199 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
The botany of desire ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,170 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
In defense of food by Michael Pollan ( Recording )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,156 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
Seeds of hope : wisdom and wonder from the world of plants by Jane Goodall ( Book )
2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,041 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 )
15 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At a turning point in his life, writer Michael Pollan found himself dreaming of a small wood-frame hut in the woods near his house - a place to work, but also a "shelter for daydreams." Ordinarily more at home among words than things, the author was seized by the idea of building the place himself, with his own two unhandy hands. A Place of My Own recounts his two-and-a-half-year journey of discovery in an absorbing narrative that deftly weaves the day-to-day work of
The botany of desire a plant's eye view of the world by Michael Pollan ( Recording )
13 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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. In "The botany of desire", Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires: sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants have also benefited at least as much from their association with us. So who is really domesticating whom?
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 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beekeepers and scientists explore the mysterious worldwide crisis of disappearing honeybees
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 552 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 )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 509 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
Cooked [a natural history of transformation] by Michael Pollan ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 477 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
A place of my own : the architecture of daydreams by Michael Pollan ( Book )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author describes the process--design, footings, framing, roofing, windows, and trim--by which he created a space for writing
Second nature a gardener's education by Michael Pollan ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Second Nature captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation. With chapters ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn and a dispatch from one man's war with a woodchuck to an essay about the sexual politics of roses, Pollan has created a passionate and eloquent argument for reconsidering our relationship with nature
In defence of food : the myth of nutrition and the pleasures of eating by Michael Pollan ( Book )
15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 247 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 Harper's index book by Lewis H Lapham ( Book )
2 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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פולאן, מייקל
פולן, מייקל 1955-
פולן, מיקל 1955-
ポーラン, マイケル
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English (279)
German (1)
Chinese (1)
French (1)
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