Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

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Penguin, Dec 29, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 112 pages
#1 New York Times Bestseller

A definitive compendium of food wisdom


Eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. Written with clarity, concision, and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation. It’s an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, “What should I eat?”

"In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, by Michael Pollan."—Jane Brody, The New York Times

"The most sensible diet plan ever? We think it's the one that Michael Pollan outlined a few years ago: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” So we're happy that in his little new book, Food Rules, Pollan offers more common-sense rules for eating: 64 of them, in fact, all thought-provoking and some laugh-out-loud funny."—The Houston Chronicle

" It doesn't get much easier than this. Each page has a simple rule, sometimes with a short explanation, sometimes without, that promotes Pollan's back-to-the-basics-of-food (and-food-enjoyment) philosophy."—The Los Angeles Times

"A useful and funny purse-sized manual that could easily replace all the diet books on your bookshelf."—Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times


Michael Pollan’s most recent book on food,Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation—the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education—was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it served as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.
 

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User Review  - GretchenLynn - LibraryThing

A quick read with easy go-to rules about how to make healthy decisions when you eat. A lot of it seems like such common sense when you see it written down, but having it written down in one place acts as a good reminder of the choices we have and things to consider during mealtime. Read full review

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User Review  - melrailey - LibraryThing

I found this to be an incredibly simple guidebook as to what to eat. I think the only thing keeping me back from being able to follow these rules is my own memory failure. Truthfully, though, Pollan ... Read full review

Contents

Eat food
5
PART II
51
PART III
95
95
111
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Michael Pollan is the author of six previous books, including Cooked, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Maira Kalman is the author of And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty, and she illustrated the bestselling edition of The Elements of Style. She lives in New York City.

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