Pollan Taking his Beard Prize in Stride

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Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan sounded nonchalant this morning when describing last night's Beard Award win. The Berkeley author and J-School prof snagged the writing award for In Defense of Food, which disses twentieth-century food science while getting all passionate about real food. "Look, it's wonderful to be recognized by that community," Pollan (who previously scored a Beard win for 2006's The Omnivore's Dilemma) told SFoodie, in a voice that sounded either humble or, well, a tad unimpressed. "It's not one of those awards that changes your life or comes with a cash prize, but it's very nice to receive it." Unable to attend the awards ceremony in New York City last night, Pollan learned of his win by text message from a friend. So how does a celebrated author celebrate a Beard award? The prix fixe at Chez Panisse? Maybe. "I think that's a great idea," Pollan said, but don't count on seeing him slurping the Tuscan fish soup on tonight's menu: He's too busy working.

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