Saturday, April 4, 2009

What Part of "This Is My Life Source" Did You Not Understand?

I adore NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" radio news quiz. This week's celebrity guest was Michael Pollan, known food/health writer who is all about natural, whole foods (who isn't?). I believe he wrote "Eat This, Not That", which I keep meaning to get from the library and never do. Comedian/contestant Paula Poundstone brought her A game this week, paraphrased below.

Poundstone: Look, I try to get my kids to eat vegetables and all that, but I gotta tell ya. One of the things that makes my life worth living is Ring-Dings.

Pollan: Well, there's certainly room in the diet for special occasion foods.

Poundstone: Did you hear me? They make life worth living. And you want me to have them one day a year? What the hell is wrong with you?

Pollan: One good way to tell if a food is a good everyday food is to count the number of ingredents. The fewer the ingredients, the closer to a whole food it is.

Poundstone: Three. Devil's food cake - one. Creamy filling - two. Chocolate shell - three.

There you have it.


Anonymous said...

Stephanie, the authors of Eat This, Not That! are a couple of Men's Health magazine editors, Matt Goulding and David Zinczenko.

Nancy said...

Michael Pollan wrote "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivore's Dillema", both excellent reads. I was disappointed that Paula gave him such a hard time on the show - he's got some really good points about "edible food-like substances" vs. actual food.