Food Talk: Michael Pollan in Seattle

Food writer Michael Pollan will be in Seattle Saturday, Jan. 15 to give a talk on “what the industrialization of food and agriculture has meant for our health and happiness as eaters.” The talk, titled “In Defense of Food: The Omnivore’s Solution” starts at 8 p.m. unless you spring for the I’ve-go-money-to-burn seats.

He is the author of “Botany of Desire”, which looked at people’s relationships with domesticated plants, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” about politice and eating and and the most recent, “In Defense of Food”, “In Defense of Food,” which looked at our eating habits and the food industry and proposes that the solution to much of our food ails could be solved by following this simplistic advice: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

When last I checked this afternoon, there were a few dozen of the cheapest seats in the upper tiers and far back orchestra area and more than a hundred more in the higher-priced seats. Ticket costs are $25-$44 for general seating; seats that include a pre-talk wine reception are $100; and first-row dinner tickets are $250. You can buy tickets at