pamela fox's reading list :: food
Here are the books I've read recently that match food. Click to view my full reading list.
The Happy Body
Aniela Gregorek and Jerzy Gregorek
LIKE. A book and philosophy by two olympic weightlifters on their approach to fitness and health. It includes some great arguments against endurance training and for strength training. The nutrition advice seems well-founded, though some of their beliefs seem lacking in scientific studies (like snacking every 3 meals).
The Primal Blueprint
LOVE. A description of Mark's philosophy of living like our ancestors lived 10,000 years ago, which entails a no-grains eating style, good sleep, good play, moving slowly alot, sprinting, and lifting heavy things. The eating style reflects much of what I've read from the other books, as it's based on the science of the insulin response, and the other recommendations make a lot of sense. A great book about getting back to our roots in all parts of life.
Why We Get Fat
LOVE. A nice condensation of the research presented in the much longer "Good Calories, Bad Calories". This book disputes the myths that have been propagated for the last 50 years, and actually explains how fat is formed in the body and how one can lose weight accordingly.
OMG! I can eat that?
LOVE. A cookbook of low-carbified restaurant & comfort food recipes, like fried zucchini chips & cauliflower rice. The photos make me drool, and it excites me that I can still eat these foods and avoid the bad carbs.
The 4-Hour Body
LOVE. A series of tips on hacks for losing weight, gaining muscle, getting better sleep, etc - all based on the the author's rigorously scientific experiments and data tricking. Interesting, entertaining, and hopefully useful - I am trying some of them out now.
LIKE. A collection of essays from journalists & organizations on the topics addressed in the Food, Inc. documentary. The essays vary in quality - some are quite good, but others make for more rote reading.
Fast Food Nation
LOVE. A great book about the effect of modern industrialized agriculture on our food, our society, and our environment. Very interesting.
LIKE. A distilled version of "In Defense of Food", this lists all of his rules in short chapters & skips much of the background/technical reading. If you've already got "In Defense of Food", you'll find this one largely redundant.
In Defense of Food
LOVE. A great read about Michael's opinion on how we should be eating today, and a look at why we are eating so badly. It will make you want to run out and eat some organic leafy vegetables immediately.
Good Calories, Bad Calories
LIKE. This is Gary's first book on obesity & nutrition research, and is very heavy on the science/research details. It talks a lot about the bad science that got us to where we are today, and in the end it talks about the carbohydrate hypothesis. It's good if you're patient, but if not, go for "Why We Get Fat", which distills the information down to a much easier read.