Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award
Since its publication in hardcover in 2006, Marion Nestle’s What to Eat has become the definitive guide to making healthy and informed choices about food. Praised as "accessible, reliable and comprehensive" in The Washington Post, What to Eat is a resource packed with important information and useful advice from the acclaimed nutritionist.
How we choose which foods to eat is growing more complicated, and the straightforward, practical approach of What to Eat has been praised as welcome relief. Nestle guides readers through the supermarket sections—produce, dairy, meat, fish, breads, and juices, and then to the "center aisles," where big profits are made. She uses clear language to reveal the big food companies' marketing practices and get to the heart of the real issues. She cuts through foodie jargon and complex nutrition labels and debunks the misleading health claims made by the major companies in the food industry. Nestle explains the differences between foods that are wild and those that are farm-raised; frozen and fresh; and organic, natural, and conventional. She tells us what we need to know about carbohydrates, omega-3s, and trans fats; pesticides and the environment; portion size, labeling, and nutrition claims; supplements, additives, and preservatives; and food safety.