Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual – Book Review

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

I have been a fan of Michael Pollan ever since reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” which, sadly, was shortly before I started this blog, so I have no review.  Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to read “In Defense of Food” yet, but it has been on my shortlist for some time.  When I heard he had a new book called “Food Rules,” I got very excited.  When I found out it was only 139 pages long, I became even more excited, because I knew I could find some way to fit it in among other reading obligations and desires.

“Food Rules” is really a very interesting read.  It really isn’t a narrative nonfiction like Pollan’s other books.  It is simply a collection of, you guessed it, rules for eating.  These rules and guidelines are meant to illustrate Pollan’s answer to “What should I eat?” from “In Defense of Food:”

Eat food, mostly plants, not too much.

The rules are simply and pithy like “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.”  Many of them overlap greatly, but the point is to find a few rules that work for you to remember, in order to help you eat better, healthier, tastier food.

I read a copy from the library, but I may have to pick up a copy for myself, because I think this would be helpful book to reference from time to time, just as a reminder not to eat junk.

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10 comments to Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual – Book Review

  • I haven’t read any Pollan, except for that really interesting NYTimes piece about how people *watch* food tv shows for hours every week but somehow don’t have time to cook. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/magazine/02cooking-t.html?pagewanted=all)

    I did read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, which made me rethink my eating habits a lot. I haven’t quite gotten to canning yet and my winter purchases are still unseasonable, but I think I notice more what I put in my body. And I am all about the farmers market!

  • I’ve not read any books by this author, but my sister raves. We did see Food, Inc. the other day on DVD where Pollan was interviewed. Sure makes you think twice before you put something in your mouth!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Lake Eola #2 =-.

  • lena

    I’m truly interested in reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma. It was referenced quite prominently in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals (a new favourite) and I keep meaning to read it. I’m glad he’s got a shorter work – maybe it’ll encourage me to jump on the Pollan wagon earlier.
    .-= lena´s last blog ..Orlando by Virginia Woolf =-.

  • That sounds like a book I should read. I’m glad to see that people are thinking more about what they eat.

  • Ti

    Interesting! I am about 80% vegan now because of my health stuff and people around me are always asking what I CAN eat, I tell them “twigs and berries” because to me, that pretty much sums it up.

  • Nan

    I recently saw this author interviewed and I made some changes to my food purchases. I really want to read some of his books. I’m just not sure which one to start with! This sounds like a nice little guide on good food choices.

  • I’ve always liked his philosophy — probably because it is close to my own! I wasn’t going to read this because I wasn’t sure there was anything new in it. On the other hand, I like the idea that it is a succinct listing of his rules, so I may need to check it out.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Weekend Cooking: Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich =-.

  • My dad just LOVES this guy’s books. I have never read them myself, but I have heard that quote about eating food so many times! It’s a good rule to keep in mind when planning what you eat.

  • I have just placed a request with my library for this book. I am very curious.

  • I haven’t read any of his books, but did see him on Oprah. I’m going to look for this one. Even if I’m not a fan of eating plants :)