In his new book, In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto, Pollan continues his argument against food science but also answers the question most of his readers kept asking him: OK, so what do you eat? Recognizing that his initial response What other animal has to consult an expert in order to decide what to eat? was unsatisfactory, he set out to guide the contemporary eater step by step through the modern food landscape, fraught as it is with land mines of false promises. (A general rule: Be wary of any food that makes health claims.) The Knight professor of journalism at the University of California-Berkeley, Pollan is a dynamic speaker not to be missed.
Mon., May 11, 8 p.m., 2009