08 January 2010

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan


I have many favorite "rules" about what to eat for health, and not to eat. It's on ongoing, and changing set of rules as I learn more about nutrition and edibles. A favorite on processed foods, goes something like this: "Don't buy anything with an ingredient you don't recognize or can't pronounce." 99% true.

A new publication, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan is worth looking at. From the publisher:

"Michael Pollan, our nation's most trusted resource for food-related issues, offers this indispensible guide for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible, and easy to use, Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat-buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat."

From Michael Pollan:

"There is a line I got from grandmothers, both Jewish and Italian, it might be my favorite rule: “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.” There was an understanding that white flour may not be good for you, and whole grain might be better long before the current research on whole grains. I’m trying to resurrect that cultural wisdom. This book is full of the wisdom of the grandmothers. But it takes some work. There is also some nonsense. There are old wives’ tales that are nothing but old wives’ tales."

A review in The New York Times, "Michael Pollan Offers 64 Ways to Eat Food", by Tara Parker-Pope, can be viewed HERE.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
by Michael Pollan
Pub. Date: December 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: Paperback, 112pp
ISBN-13: 9780143116387
ISBN: 014311638X

Available online at BARNES & NOBLE.