I was just thinking about Michael Pollan’s talk at the St. Louis County Library last week. The turnout was great – especially since it was the Friday before Memorial Day. I thought it was a little odd that the host, Don Marsh, felt the need to encourage the audience to read In Defense of Food . . . cause I’m fairly certain that almost everyone who attended was already a fan. Probably most people owned a copy. Or checked it out from the library. I thought about checking out a copy and asking Pollan to sign it, but didn’t think about doing it far enough in advance.
What I enjoyed most from the evening was hearing Pollan’s response to questions from the audience. Especially the last question, which started as a personal attack (“Mr. Pollan, you are disingenuous.”) Pollan responded calmly, with the facts. How to win a fight with your brains. Great to see. I’d even recommend buying In Defense of Food, which the author summarized in seven words –
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.