Silicon Valley Reads In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food The book selection for the annual “Silicon Valley Reads” program is Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Silicon Valley Reads selects a book for local readers to read and discuss every February.

This year’s program begins with a live interview of author Michael Pollan by Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy, on stage at the Campbell Heritage Theatre. This live program is on Wednesday, January 27, beginning at 7:30 pm, and admission is free. The Campbell Heritage Theatre is at 1 West Campbell Avenue, in Campbell.

Additional events (see listing) are scheduled for dates throughout February and locations throughout Santa Clara County.

From Pollan’s website and reviews on Amazon, I can see that In Defense of Food is an investigation into the seeming paradox that the more Americans worry about nutrition, the less healthy we become; which Pollan connects this with the increased use of packaged and highly processed foods in our diet, as compared to the more complete (due to simpler preparations) diets of our ancestors. Having just finished Pollan’s 2002 book The Botany of Desire I can expect the SVR selection to be a thoughtful analysis of its subject, making unexpected and insightful connections to history and western society.

(Hat tip to the Mountain View Public Library blog for this story)

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