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Is Michael Pollan Misunderstood?

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Feb 22, 2016

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You know that friend of yours who rails against the evils of high fructose corn syrup? The one who’s obsessed with where every single morsel of their food comes from?

More than just about anyone else, Michael Pollan made your friend like that. But as Dan found when we met up to tape this week's episode, Michael himself isn’t like that at all.

"I think we all need to cultivate a more relaxed attitude about what we’re eating," Michael says. "You can take these concerns really too far and make yourself crazy and it becomes a new eating disorder."

So how does it feel to write a couple of best-selling books and end up with the weight of a movement on your shoulders?

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This week on The Sporkful, Michael Pollan opens up about everything from how he likes to eat Cracker Jack and the time a fan caught him eating a candy bar in a gas station to which questions he wishes we'd all stop asking him and why he's not a popular dinner guest.

"I'm convinced that I don’t get invited to dinner as much as I would if I wrote on something else," he says. "Some people don’t want to cook for me -- they're scared."

Listen in to the full episode to hear the full interview -- including Michael's advice to Dan on navigating marital food disputes.

And be sure to check out Michael's new documentary "Cooked" (trailer below) -- available now on Netflix. Just be sure you don't watch it on an empty stomach.

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Music in this episode from Black Label Music:

- "Skinny Jeans" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

- "Simple Song" by Chris Bierden

- "Out To Lunch" by Chris Bierden

- "Young and Free" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

Photos: Ken Light (courtesy of Michael Pollan)

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