Book Review – Food Rules

Killing time at the Borders in Columbus Circle always includes a stop at the discount book table.

A while back, there was a book that caught my eye – Food Rules by Michael Pollan.

Dubbed An Eater’s Manual, the slim 112 page book was written by the author of two other books about food and a professor at UC Berkeley. Sounds like someone credible.

A quick flip through the pages showed Food Rules to be a simple and sensible guide to eating. It’s full of rules about food we already knew and either follow or tend to ignore for various reasons.

The nice thing about this common sense guide is that sometimes it can be a good thing to see what you’ve been told before. May help it sink in a bit. May make us more mindful of what we are eating. When I first saw the calories posted under the low fat Blueberry muffin at Starbucks, I stopped buying them. I definitely find visual aids helpful.

Food Rules is separated into three parts – Part I: What should I eat? Part II: What kind of food should I eat? and Part III: How should I eat?

A few rules stood out for me –

It’s not food if its called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos or Pringles.)

Stop Eating Before You’re Full

Breakfast like a King; Lunch like a Prince; Dinner like a Pauper

If it came from a plant eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.

Food Rules is definitely worth a read — even without a sale price tag.

Buy Food Rules on sale through Amazon.


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