Michael Pollan is an American journalist, author, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He began his career as a journalist in the 1980s, writing for magazines such as Harper's and The New York Times Magazine. In 1986, he published his first book, "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. In 2006, he published "The Omnivore's Dilemma," which became a New York Times bestseller and won several awards. This book explores the industrial food system and its environmental, health, and ethical issues.
Pollan has written several other books on food and nutrition, including "In Defense of Food" (2008) and "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation" (2013). He has also written about the intersection of science, culture, and the environment in books such as "The Botany of Desire" (2001) and "How to Change Your Mind" (2018).
In addition to his writing, Pollan has been a visiting professor at several universities, including Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, where he currently teaches in the Graduate School of Journalism. He has also been a guest on numerous television and radio programs, and his work has been translated into many languages. Pollan's books and articles have received many awards and accolades and have been widely read and influential in the food and environmental movement.
Michael Pollan has won several awards for his writing, including:
- National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction for his first book, "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" (1986)
- James Beard Award for "The Omnivore's Dilemma" (2006)
- California Book Award for "The Omnivore's Dilemma" (2006)
- Northern California Book Award for "The Omnivore's Dilemma" (2006)
- "In Defense of Food" was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Books for a Better Life Award (2009)
- Nautilus Book Award for "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation" (2013)
He has also received numerous honorary degrees from universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Middlebury College.
In addition, he received several awards for his work, such as the Heinz Award, the McKinley Award, the Rachel Carson Prize, and the Liberty Medal, for his contributions to American culture and his impact on the way we think about food and the environment. He has been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and has appeared on many television and radio programs. His work has been translated into many languages and has won numerous awards.