Pollan writes to defend food from food-like substances stocked in grocery stores, which include most items on the shelves in the center of the store. I enjoyed his admonishment to eat only "something your great-grandmother would recognize as food." The problem with the book, I think, is that it had its genesis in an essay and perhaps there was not enough meat (ha ha) in Pollan’s essay to warrant a full-length book. I felt like I was reading a bunch of repetitious filler padded with multi-syllable words. Consider this sample sentence, "And while everyone can agree that the flood of refined carbohydrates has pushed important micronutrients out of the modern diet, the scientists who blame our health problems on deficiencies of these micronutrients are not the same scientists who see a sugar-soaked diet leading to metabolic syndrome and from there to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer." (In Defense of Food, p.140)
If the above sentence floats your boat, read the book. Otherwise, I recommend that you read the cover and skip the pages inside. Or you could check the book out of the library and read just the last section, which is the best part by far. Read the whole thing if you suffer from insomnia. My apologies to Mr. Pollan’s fans, but I rate the cover of "In Defense of Food" 5 stars and the pages inside a measly 2 stars out of 5.