join us on facebook
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

The Vitamin Complex Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price

The Vitamin Complex Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection

Lifestyle & Health   Cookery, Food and Drink   

Sue Baker's view...

A look at modern foodstuffs and what they’re are doing to our health. Lively reportage from Catherine Price in Vitamin Complex is guaranteed to make you think again about what you eat and ask who benefits from seducing us to eating everything from junk to faddy so-called vitamin diets.

Like for Like Reading

Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry's Darkest Secrets, Joanna Blythman

Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, Tristram Stuart

Who is Sue Baker


The Vitamin Complex Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price

Mad vitamin crazes and military rations, super foods and 'micro-nutrients', the clandestine debate over whether Marmite is food or drug: for centuries, we've been fiddling with our food, for better and for worse. In The Vitamin Complex, Price visits the US Combat Feeding Directorate to sample caffeinated meat sticks and investigates the cartel of pharmaceutical companies who control the world's increasingly synthetic vitamin supply. We learn about the raw ingredients in our favourite fortified foods (think acetone and formaldehyde) and meet William Stark, a British man who tried to live on a pudding-only diet - and died at age 29. Our experiments with food have huge consequences. Combining the wit of Mary Roach with the incisiveness of Michael Pollan, The Vitamin Complex is an eye-opening tour of the science of modern food - and what it's doing to our health.


'Price's sharp wit, skillful and vivid translation of science into story, and valiant inquisitiveness (she insists on tasting synthetic vitamins and gets buzzed on the military's caffeinated meat sticks) make for an electrifying dissection of our vitamin habit in contrast to our irrevocable need for naturally nutrient-rich food.' Booklist

About the Author

Catherine Price is a food and environment reporter whose articles have appeared in Men's Journal, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Salon and others. She is a past winner of the Gobind Behari Lal prize for science writing. She studied journalism with Michael Pollan at the Unversity of California, Berkeley. She lives in Philadelphia.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

19th March 2015


Catherine Price

More books by Catherine Price
Author 'Like for Like'


Oneworld Publications


336 pages


Lifestyle & Health
Cookery, Food and Drink

Cookery / food & drink etc
Fitness & diet



At Lovereading there are fabulous books available in every genre, with great reviews to help you pick the right book for you.

Teresa O'Halloran

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!


I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones