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Michael Pollan On The Daily Show

Michael Pollan interviewed by Jon Stewart. How can that be anything but perfectly entertaining?

Pollan is promoting his newest book. Yes, you loved him for The Omnivore’s Dilemma. And you probably enjoyed In Defense of Food. His newest book is more like a pamphlet. It’s called Food Rules, and is on sale at Amazon for a mere $5.50. The new book contains 64 food rules which Pollan collected from people around the world. The few I’ve read are simple, funny, and fairly well on-target. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest to see whether they’re all as good.

The segment began with Jon Stewart asking a straightforward question: Name one over-arching rule that summarizes the book.

“This is going to sound weird,” Pollan answered, “but it’s eat food.”

They then go on to discuss the difference between real food and edible food-like substances.

It only gets better from there. Watch the whole 6 minute segment below:

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21 Responses to Michael Pollan On The Daily Show
  1. DanielthePoet
    January 6, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Awesome interview. Too bad he didn’t have more time. The Daily Show would be an ideal platform to get across more important truths through humor.
    .-= DanielthePoet´s last blog post …Mojofiti, the Language Barrier, and the Tower of Babel =-.

    • KristenM
      January 6, 2010 | 3:35 pm

      Yeah, I was actually disappointed about how short the segment was, too! He only had about 6 minutes when he was on The Colbert Report last year, so maybe that’s a rule for these comedy shows. One 6 minute segment per guest, or people start tuning out. Too bad, though!

  2. cyberdelia333
    January 6, 2010 | 1:52 pm

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  3. Cara @ Health Home and Happiness
    January 6, 2010 | 4:30 pm

    Only $5.50? An awful lot of people are going to be getting this as a gift from me, whether they like it or not ~grin~ I love what I’ve read out of it so far.
    .-= Cara @ Health Home and Happiness´s last blog post …Hamburgers on Portobello Mushrooms with Squash Fries =-.

    • KristenM
      January 6, 2010 | 5:06 pm

      Me too. My only inner-warning comes because of how anti-saturated fat Pollan was in his book In Defense of Food. I’d want to read the rest of his “rules” first before passing out the book as a gift, just to make sure there wasn’t anything blatantly WRONG in it.

      I might take issue with how incomplete some of them are, but I can’t honestly complain. For example, one of his rules is “don’t eat any breakfast cereal that turns your milk a different color.” And that’s totally true as far as it goes, but I’d be much more radical and say something like “don’t eat any store bought breakfast cereal at all.” That’s because it’s virtually impossible to find something made from sprouted/soaked whole grains, and we eat far too many grains in the first place.

      • Cara @ Health Home and Happiness
        January 6, 2010 | 9:29 pm

        Good point. I didn’t realize he was anti-saturated fat, but I’ve only read Omnivore’s Dilemma. I’ll have to order a single copy first :)
        .-= Cara @ Health Home and Happiness´s last blog post …Hamburgers on Portobello Mushrooms with Squash Fries =-.

      • Jeanmarie
        January 7, 2010 | 1:09 am

        Along those lines, “Don’t eat anything extruded from a tube.”

      • Local Nourishment
        January 7, 2010 | 9:28 am

        I’m glad you brought that up. I’m concerned that he’s headed the “vegetarian” route. He’s never been a great fan of good fats, and seems to be moving that direction more instead of less. Look, I think he’s a great real food spokesperson, and not many of us would have his grace sitting in the chair opposite Jon Stewart. But something struck me as strange in this interview. It wasn’t until hours later that it hit me: with food safety in the news, he didn’t mention meat once. :(
        .-= Local Nourishment´s last blog post …There’s grass in my blood =-.

  4. Julie
    January 6, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    I thought the interview was good. I wish more information could have been discussed. I think the idea that more government involvement can solve anything is flawed. It seems like every suggestion the government makes on food ie. food pyramid, soy, subsidies… is wrong. I think independent research keeps it honest and government research is more about “who” is doing the research and “what” they want than actual facts.

    • KristenM
      January 6, 2010 | 4:57 pm

      Julie — That’s a good point, too. It’s the law of unintended consequences. Subsidies are a great example of that. Pollan suggests we subsidize different, better things rather than throwing out subsidies altogether. I’m not sure I agree with him. Wouldn’t it be better to have no subsidies and ALL independent research? Food would then reflect it’s real cost, rather than having the cheapest foods also be the ones most likely to harm you (and the enviroment). And research would be much easier to understand.

      • Annie
        January 6, 2010 | 9:09 pm

        Yes, I think independent research would definitely be most effective at making food’s cost reflect its true value. Interesting thought. At first I liked his comment about changing what is subsidized, but I think you have a really good point.

        Thanks for the video clip.

  5. Jessica
    January 6, 2010 | 5:20 pm

    great video clip!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog post …resolutions & many other things =-.

  6. livinglocalnh
    January 6, 2010 | 8:52 pm

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  7. tina
    January 7, 2010 | 12:06 am

    Very good point about health insurance companies actually caring about our health. That’s the best reason I’ve heard for getting the health care bill passed.

  8. Ginny
    January 7, 2010 | 10:18 am

    Thanks for sharing this great video clip. Michael did a great job on the show.
    .-= Ginny´s last blog post …Happy New Year! =-.

  9. Karla B.
    January 7, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    I missed what Pollan quipped at the end when Stewart said “every time after the show I eat a triple.. quadruple..”. Did anyone get it?

    • KristenM
      January 7, 2010 | 12:36 pm

      He said: “bypass?”

      To which Jon uncontrollably laughed and said, “good one!”

      We never found out what Jon was actually confessing to, though. I bet it would have been equally as funny.

  10. Extreme Fitness Results
    January 7, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    I love Michael Pollan! Thanks for highlighting this clip—I would have totally missed it otherwise ;)
    .-= Extreme Fitness Results´s last blog post …How To Do Bicep Curls Right =-.

  11. Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship
    January 9, 2010 | 3:50 am

    I was tempted by the book this week and caved (for $11! I’m crying that I could have gotten it for half that!) and read it in 45 minutes. Of 64 rules, I only had problems with 3 (maybe 4). Two are about meat/saturated fat, as you expected. The other is “drink your spinach water” in which he recommends using the veggie cooking water in other parts of the meal. He doesn’t realize the oxalic acid in spinach water is toxic, I guess… A fun read nonetheless, and very manageable.
    .-= Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship´s last blog post …My Story: Get Out of the Pool! =-.

    • Musings of a Housewife
      January 9, 2010 | 3:42 pm

      Katie that’s a new one to me – oxalic acid? Okay, I still have SO much to learn!

  12. turtleoak
    January 13, 2010 | 3:41 pm

    Michael Pollan interviewed by Jon Stewart

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