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Salt Sugar Fat

How the Food Giants Hooked Us

By Michael Moss

Salt Sugar Fat
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2013,
    480 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2014,
    480 pages.

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Poornima Apte

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What is especially fascinating about Michael Moss' new book is its strict adherence to its subtitle. It shows us how the food giants play the game – and in doing so, it's a masterful work of high-quality reporting.

I can see you rolling your eyes already. "Yes," you say, "I know that too much salt, sugar and fat are bad for me." After all, you've probably at least come across Michael Pollan's commandment: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." You don't really need to read another killjoy volume, you think. Well, think again. The absolutely brilliant Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us is a well-researched and well-reported book that despite its loaded subject, doesn't sound preachy and never wags its finger at you, the end-consumer.

As someone who has read all of Michael Pollan's books and religiously followed Mark Bittman's food columns in The New York Times, I picked up this book rather hesitantly. Mostly I was afraid it would regurgitate material I had heard many times before – and initially it does. To be fair, though, the groundwork does need to be laid, and the basics ...

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