Inside Out Q&A February 26, 2015
SHERP, Science, Health and Environmental Reporting at New York University
Moderator: Lee Hotz
Introduction: Dan Fagin
A highly readable journey, ostensibly initiated by the decisions he found himself facing when about to become a father for the first time…This book is an informative, valuable and engrossing read.
All Natural is a bracingly smart and witty inquiry into how, in the face of conflicting assumptions and evidence, we can ever decide the best way to go about doing things like having a baby or cooking dinner.
Engaging, informative and heartfelt, “All Natural” gives voice and reason to the ecological anxiety and data ubiquity that permeate our culture.
It’s hard not to smile when [Johnson] writes tenderly about growing up as a naked back-to-nature kid raised on zucchini in a world of space-pod juice packets like Capri Sun and spreadable cheese food.
What’s really welcome about his deeply reported book, “All Natural,” is that his upbringing makes the investigation of nature versus technology fun as well as thought-provoking.
A detailed, rigorous, and challenging read.
Engaging look at the merits of nature versus technology… Johnson’s investigation is both horrifying and amusing, and readers will relish the colorful, witty writing and find much food for thought.
[Johnson] presents a refreshing optimism that neither extolls the organic to the point of supporting pseudoscience nor negates the value of scientific advancements…the book strikes at the heart of hot-button issues with an Everyman appeal.
[Michael] Pollan’s fans, as well as other readers grappling with the flood of conflicting information about how to live a healthy, nondestructive life, will appreciate this book’s thoughtful and nuanced attitude and its often surprising conclusions.
San Francisco, California: January 31st in Conversation with Michael Pollan at the Ferry Building.
San Francisco, California: West Coast Live, February 2 at the Ferry Building.
Seattle, Washington: February 6, 7:30 pm at Town Hall. In conversation with Dan Cherkin.
Portland, Oregon: February 7 at Powell’s on Hawthorne at 7:40 pm.
Portland, Oregon: February 8 OB/Gyn Grand Rounds at OHSU.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Literary Feast, March 16-18. Details here.
Brookline, Massachusetts: May 1, 7 pm (private residence but all are welcome – email Nathanael47(at)yahoo.com for details).
New Paltz, New York: May 2 at SUNY, details here.
Brooklyn, New York: The Food Book Fair, 3:30 May 4 in the Wythe Hotel screening room. Panel on food and fatherhood. Details here.