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Rules of Food

Posted by heyrandy on April 4, 2012

Food Rules, 2ed., Michael Pollan, illustrations by Maira Kalman, 2011

In 83 rules, or more accurately guidelines, the author gives a loose framework to guide our eating. He wants us to re-examine our thinking about food. We should.

Polland’s rules make some great sense. We know most of them. In fact, in writing the second edition of the book, Pollan solicited comments from the public. He says that he received a lot of responses, many of which he has included in this edition.

The author gives us a general rule of just seven words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. He says that his publisher wanted more than that. Ergo, the rules.

Pollan wants to make you think, not restrict you. The rules are grouped into the three divisions of the general rule. If you heed the rules you will eat better.

The artwork by Kalman is new to the second edition. I like it. It has folk-art feel. It adds to the book. There are some insightful commentary in the art. My favorite was the box of “Cheesely.” It also said “Less and More.”

The book is brief. The rules usually are only one sentence long with a paragraph or two following.

Read the book, enjoy the art, and follow the rules.

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One Response to “Rules of Food”

  1. a vitamin said

    Greeting from over the ocean. interesting blog I shall return for more.

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