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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

by Michael Pollan (Author)

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Michael Pollan has written several books about food, particularly describing the causes and dangers of unsustainable food production and the threats to human health. The omnivore's dilemma. A natural history of four meals, which appeared in 2007, is seen as the most theoretical of these books, providing a theoretical underpinning of Pollan's ideas with regard to the current food situation in the world, the United States in particular. In defense of food. An eater's manifesto is a more practical explanation of what Pollan proposes as a possible solution for the problem, particularly what people should do, and what choices to make to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The book promotes an elitist view of food safety, and although anyone could make these choices and follow the author's advice, he assumes that the lifestyle he promotes is "not for everyone", and that the low-class, non-white population will most likely be left behind, a fate the author seems to have no problem with. The most practical of these books is Food rules. An eater's manual. It gives very clear, short advice what to eat and what not. The book is very easy to read and very effective in getting its message across. ( )
  edwinbcn | Feb 7, 2015 |
I loved this book, including the charming art of the illustrated edition. It was a library grab but I'm going to need to get a copy for myself because I've already been mentally referring to certain rules as I go about my daily life and I don't want to forget any of them. We hear all the time about how changing our eating habits, relationship to food and lifestyle is the key to healthy eating habits, but this book makes those goals seem simple, reasonable and accessible. ( )
  laurustina | Jan 14, 2015 |
A very quick read with text only on every other page! Mainly aimed at a US market but the points made are valid and worth emphasising elsewhere as well. ( )
  rlangston | Jan 3, 2015 |
Michael Pollan expands his now-famous dictum "Eat food. Mostly plants. not too much." to a set of 64 (!) rules for eating. There's some wisdom here -- eat slow, eat whole foods, eat with friends -- but also some self-righteousness and outright inaccuracy (contrary to his assertion, a recent comprehensive review study suggests that organic foods are *not* more nutritious than conventional ones). Read, but with a grain of salt. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
Straightforward, commonsensical list of "policies" designed to move readers toward healthier eating habits. I was glad to borrow this from the library since this isn't the most substantial book (lacking either the heft or the context of "The Omnivore's Dilemma"), but I do appreciate Pollan's recommendations and reminders, and look forward to getting more of the history and science from this book's immediate predecessor, "In Defense of Food." ( )
  bostonian71 | Sep 4, 2014 |
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For my mother,
who always knew butter was better for you
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Eating in our time has gotten complicated---needlessly so, in my opinion.
"It's not food if it came from the window of your car."
"The banquet is in the first bite."
"If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't."
"Eat only foods that will eventually rot."
"Better to pay the grocer than the doctor."
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A Look Inside Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Michael Pollan's definitive compendium, Food Rules, is here brought to colorful life with the addition of Maira Kalman's beloved illustrations.

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Presents a set of rules for eating wisely in accordance with a variety of ethnic and cultural traditions, sharing guidelines for making grocery choices and dining out.

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