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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Michael Pollan's Food Rules: An Eater's Manual was a fantastic little ditty for those of you who don't feel like delving deep into The Omnivore's Dilemma or In Defense of Food.  I would recommend all of the above, because I find Pollan to be not just an excellent writer but also incredibly well-informed and even-keeled.

Reading Pollan's books don't make me want to go to an extreme--in fact, quite the opposite.  Pollan forces me to think about what I am putting in my mouth and the choices I make to eat.  I love this list of rules that he has provided while still making it clear that you won't be able to follow all of them--choose those that speak to you and live by those.  I am a huge fan of Pollan and his work, and I highly recommend every one of his books if you are interested in how our bodies have morphed (really, they have evolved) in the past several decades.  

What rules have I chosen?  Don't eat things my great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.  If I can't describe to you what the ingredients look like, don't put it in my body.  Eat smaller portions, and eat mostly plants.  Just be sensible.

Most succinctly of all, though, I intend to follow Pollan's motto:

Eat Food.  Not Too Much.  Mostly Plants.


  1. Good review. I liked this book too. It's just common sense....

  2. Liked this book too! Read In Defense of Food, and although hard to get through I really enjoyed it. The Omnivore's Dilemma was a pain in my butt and I put it down when I realized that after what felt like hours into reading I was STILL reading about corn.