Reading Michael Pollan’s 2007 book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, made me a fan of his writing and his approach to purchasing and eating food. I’ve devoured (ha! good one) his other books, and I treasure my copy of the edition of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual illustrated by Maira Kalman. Between Pollan’s books and my free subscription to Max Daniels’s hilarious and galvanizing weekly email newsletter, I’ve arrived at a fairly sane place in my relationship with food. Considering I started my first magazine grapefruit diet in my early teens, getting to this place has been a struggle, and I’m more grateful to these two writers than I can say.
Somehow, despite the endless hours that I spend plumped in front of my local PBS channel and knitting, I missed Pollan’s 2015 documentary, In Defense of Food. Channel 13 recently replayed it, and I immediately hit the record button so that I could watch it more than once. The documentary also features Maira Kalman’s illustrations, which add so much heart to a topic that otherwise might seem a bit clinical. The delightfully plainspoken nutritionist Marion Nesbitt also appears.