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Jan. 7, 2008

Pollan reads Jan. 13 at Iowa City Public Library for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Michael Pollan, the author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma," will read from his new book, "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The free event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City, WOI-AM 640 in Ames and KRNI-AM 1010 in Cedar Falls.

Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists and journalists, all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

As a result, he concludes, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." These "edible foodlike substances" are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false or misleading. Real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by "nutrients," and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health.

Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food."

Pollan, the Knight Professor of journalism at the University of California in Berkeley, is also the author of the bestseller "The Botany of Desire," "Second Nature" and "A Place of My Own," and he is a longtime contributor to the New York Times.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681, paul@prairielights.com; Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013; winston-barclay@uiowa.edu