Food Rules

Food Rules

An Eater's Manual

Book - 2009
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Lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780143116387
Characteristics: xx, 140 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Eater's manual


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Discuss March 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. - Author! Author! - New York Times bestselling author and journalist Michael Pollan writes books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. His bestselling books include The Omni... Read More »

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Oct 28, 2019

So quick you could read it while enjoying your healthy lunch. Unlike most Mr. Pollan’s other books, this one is quick, simple, light, understandable, enjoyable, motivating, interesting, and maybe even a little humorous. It’s the only book I’ve read of his that I felt compelled to share with my non-reading husband. Who enjoyed it as well, actually followed the advice, and actually lost weight and had the best numbers at his check-up since we’ve been married.

And I’m usually not a Pollan fan.

I can just imagine the response to Michael Pollan’s excellent book, In Defense of Food – people probably said to him: Ok, that’s great, but what exactly should I be eating? This very short book is his response. He gathered food wisdom from a wide variety of sources and distilled it into 64 rules about what to eat. A quick read, excellent advice, and I highly recommend it! (submitted by JF)

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jun 03, 2018

Michael Pollan keeps it simple, straightforward, and sparse. Within this book you will discover his 64 rules for the selection and eating of food. Some are almost self-explanatory, such as "Treat Treats as Treats" but some make less sense at first, like "If it comes from a planet eat it, if it was made in a plant don't eat it." It can take a minute to chew over what he says, but it all ends up making a lot of sense. I need to take some of these things on myself, and hope to in the coming months.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

NatMarAma Feb 13, 2016

Am I eating healthier or developing an eating disorder?

Who else is here for high school summer reading?

modis01 Nov 16, 2014

Short simple advice, but not as compelling or well written as his other reads. Prefer Omnivore's Dilemma and Cooked.

Jun 13, 2012

Delightful and very informative book!Love it!Great size to carry with you too!

KileyP May 07, 2012

This book must have been a breeze for Michael Pollan to write - it sure was a breeze to read! Sort of a summary of his In Defense of Food, this almost-pocketbook (it's almost small enough to keep on hand throughout the day!) provides you quotes, anecdotes and moer about how we should focus (or not focus) our eating. From old wives tales to etiquette rules, Mr. Pollan really has created an easy manifesto for "good" eaters everywhere. Remember: Eat food, not a lot, mostly plants!

elviralupsa Jan 13, 2012

This little book is great but it deserves only 3 starts because it is only a summary (quick and easy to read) of Michael Pollan awesome book: In Defense of Eating. If you are lazy read this one, if you want more details and a better read go to In Defense of Eating instead.

Aug 17, 2011

Fantastic book for sensible eating. Loss the diet and just stick to these rules. This is a pocketbook of the rules that were explained in "In defense of food".

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