Food Rules

Food Rules

An Eater's Manual

Book - 2009
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#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 Rule s 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780143116387
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 613 Pol


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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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