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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review: Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan

A pocket compendium of food wisdom-from the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food

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.

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual is a short and (not so big on the) sweet(s) little book. Written for those who are eager to learn more about the food they’re putting into their body, but aren’t interested in a lot of research, the rules are presented in a clear and easy to follow format. The length of this book is both an advantage and a disadvantage for the book in my opinion. The short length allows the reader to learn simple guidelines they can follow right away without having to analyze too much; but not every rule is so easily simplified, and I think that is why Michael makes a habit to mention a lot of exceptions in this book, and also points readers interested in knowing more to his longer book on the subject titled The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Yet the most important rule of all that Michael gives can certainly sum up the entire book in a second:

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Rating: 3/5

1 comment:

  1. This was an interesting book but the Omnivore's Dilemma was so much better.
    Also, have you read Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle? It gets a bit preachy, but it's very interesting and laugh-out-loud funny.