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.