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Eating for the Environment: Interview with Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan's Favorite Foods

What's your favorite breakfast?

Fried eggs and bacon. Ideally, from pastured eggs and pigs.

What in your life have you changed based on the research for your most recent book?

I don't eat conventional industrial meat any more. I cook more of my own food. And I opt for quality over quantity whenever I can.

What's your favorite healthful ingredient?

Olive oil. Reduced chicken stock. Garlic. Can't go wrong.

What do you consider the most perfect food?

The egg is right up there, when it comes from a chicken that lived on grass and got to eat bugs.

What's your favorite healthful recipe?

Very simply: a sturdy fish -- halibut or salmon -- marinated (in olive oil and lemon juice, with garlic and fresh herbs; or in soy sauce, mirin, and sesame oil) and grilled outside.

I've read that your favorite junk food is Cracker Jacks -- is that still the case?

I like Cracker Jacks but don't get them very often.

Any others?

I really like corn chips, which surprises people since I've become known for being a critic of corn. But corn as food is another matter entirely.

Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, founder and editor of, the health and fitness network, and author of The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible. Copyright 2008 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved.

Reprinted with permission from, March 2008.



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