Eat Right

Author Michael Pollan doesn’t want to be one of those possibly well-meaning experts or self-serving corporate flacks who tells you what to eat. But Pollan — who investigated the evolution of our collective eating habits and peeled away the often unpleasant layers of an industrial system that turns rows of homogenous crops into aisles of brightly colored boxes full of “foodlike substances” — is exactly the guy to whom confused and disgusted eaters look to for advice. Like Pollan’s past works, the best-selling In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto is ripe with anecdotes and study results that inspire better eating habits — and delicious bar-stool banter. See the man, who wants to make simple dining worth celebrating again, tonight at 7 at Unity Temple (707 West 47th Street). Your $15 ticket includes a copy of Pollan’s book. Order tickets at rainydaybooks.com or call 913-384-3126.

Wed., May 20, 7 p.m., 2009