[bksvol-discuss] Book Request

  • From: "Natasha & Fossey" <guidingpaws@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2007 10:41:52 -0600

My library doesn't have this book or I'd scan it myself. I'd love to see What 
to Eat by Marion Nestle  in the collection. I'm willing to validate. 

Here is what amazon has to say about it.

How do we choose what to eat? Buffeted by health claims--should we, for 
example, restrict our intake of carbs or fats or both? Is organic food better 
for us?--we become confused and tune out. In supermarkets we buy 
semi-consciously, unaware that our choices are carefully orchestrated by 
sophisticated marketing strategies concerned only with the bottom line. That we 
should confront such persuasion is the major point made by 
nutritionist-consumer advocate Marion Nestle in her extraordinary What to Eat, 
an aisle-by-aisle guide to supermarket buying and thus an anatomy of American 
food business. "The way food is situated in today's society discourages 
healthful food choices," Nestle tells us, a fact that finds literal 
representation in our supermarkets, where food placement--dependant on 
"slotting fees," guaranteed advertising and other incentives--determines every 
purchase we make. 
Nestle walks readers through every supermarket section--produce, meat, fish, 
dairy, packaged foods, bottled waters, and more--decoding labels and clarifying 
nutritional and other claims (in supermarket-speak, for example, "fresh" means 
most likely to spoil first, not recently picked or prepared), and in so doing 
explores issues like the effects of food production on our environment, the way 
pricing works, and additives and their effect on nutrition. 

What Nestle reveals is both discouraging and empowering. Through ubiquitous 
advertising, almost universal food availability, the growth of portion size, 
and unchecked marketing to kids, we're encouraged to eat more than we need, 
with consequent negative impact on our health. Knowledge is indeed power, and 
Nestle's lively, witty, and thoroughly enlightening book--the work, readers 
quickly see, of a food lover intent on increasing sensual satisfaction at table 
as well as promoting health--will help its readers become completely cognizant 
about food shopping. It's a must for anyone who eats and buys food and wants to 
do both better. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. 


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