Michael Pollan is the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto ,
winner of the James Beard Award, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
(2006), which was named one of the ten best books of the year by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His new book Food Rules
will be available in January. A young readers version The Omnivore's Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat
is now available. Pollan is also the author of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
(2001); A Place of My Own
(1997); and Second Nature
(1991). In 2009 Pollan appeared in the documentary Food, Inc.
and the PBS documentary The Botany of Desire
A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine
, Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003 and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism.
Pollan served for many years as executive editor of Harper’s Magazine
and is now the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley
. His articles have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing
(2004); Best American Essays
(1990 and 2003) and the Norton Book of Nature Writing
. Newsweek named Pollan one of the top ten new thought leaders
of the decade.