Food Rules: An Eater's Manual Paperback – Dec 29 2009
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"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
About the Author
MICHAEL POLLAN is the author of six previous books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is the recipient of the James Beard Award and is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. His most recent book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.
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I am an interior designer/organizer and see how my clients eat all the time when I redesign and organize their kitchens. Pollan's In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma are both excellent, but can be intimidating. Not Food Rules--it is short and easy to understand.
The book is divided into three parts and has 64 chapters or rules. The following will give you an good idea of what the book is about: Part I, What should I eat? Includes such chapters as "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food", "avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients", and "avoid foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup".
Part II, What kind of food should I eat? Includes "Eat mostly plants, especially leaves", "eat your colors", and "the whiter the bread, the sooner you will be dead."
Part III, How should I eat? Includes "pay more, eat less," "eat less," and "limit your snacks to unprocessed plant food."
For those of you who desire a healthier diet, Food Rules is a terrific guide that makes understanding what to put into your body simple to understand and implement.
Finally, if healthy eating is a new concept for you, you will find the clever chapter titles easy to memorize, thus making the concept of healthy eating a simple one to learn.
By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet.
The book is organized as follows:
PART 1: What should I eat? (Eat food.)
PART 2: What kind of food should I eat? (Mostly plants.)
PART 3: How should I eat? (Not too much.)
The first sentence of the introduction is, "Eating in our time has gotten complicated...". I bet most people would agree. And so, in an effort to simplify eating, Pollan brings us 64 tidbits of distilled common sense. Under each rule, there is a paragraph or two of explanation, insight, or context. In lieu of listening to the corporations, marketers, and vested nutrition experts, he puts forth a simple and empowering message: We have the wherewithal to decide for ourselves what we should eat.
Some of my favourite rules are:
-Avoid food products that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
-Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
-If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't.
-It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
-Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.
Is the point that you should go out and try to embrace all 64 rules? I really don't think so. Should you think about what you put in your mouth? Absolutely.Read more ›
If you would like the 'Why?' behind the rules 'Food Rules', pick up Pollan's 'In Defense of Food'. It was one of the better books on food I've read.
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It is an eater's manual, basic and yet quite informative. It give the basic facts about what you need to eat to be healthy and slim.Published 20 months ago by Marie Gaspari
First of all, I have no problem with Michael Pollan, and I'm sure his research is totally sound. I also loved him in Food Inc and although I haven't read any of his other books,... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2013 by Ancilla
I loved this book. It is a fantastic summary of Michael's other books and teaches us how to eat the way nature intended us too. I would definitely recommend this book to others.Published on Aug. 24 2010 by Kootenay girl