Food Rules by Michael Pollan
An Eater's Manual

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

A definitive compendium of food wisdom

Eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. Written with clarity, concision, and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation. It’s an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, “What should I eat?”

"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

Michael Pollan’s newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.

About Michael Pollan

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A longtime contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Michael Pollan is the nation's most trusted resource for food-related issues. He is the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. His writing on food and agriculture has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Society.
Published November 24, 2009 by Penguin Books. 161 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Cooking. Non-fiction

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What should you eat? How should you eat it? Pollan, doyen of all things food-related, serves up the answers in this jauntily illustrated version of his 2009 book.

Nov 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Entertainment Weekly

As America's omnivorous ombudsman, playing intermediary between us and our food, Michael Pollan is a temperate voice located somewhere between Jonathan Safran Foer and Julia Child.

Dec 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Suite 101

Get to the heart & soul of healthy eating, win the battle over dieting, and change your life.

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Huffington Post

One of the most interesting social movements to emerge in the last few years is the "food movement," or perhaps I should say "movements," since it is unified as yet by little more than the recognition that industrial food production is in need of reform because its social/environmental/public hea...

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Diets in Review

Like all of his previous works, Pollan did his research for Food Rules by scouring the world for food adages, food mantras and food advice.

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Elephant Journal

Most of the rules are simple good, common sense but at the same time, Pollan does not suggest a particularly Spartan diet, in fact, moderation and eating food that is minimally processed and easily understood serve as the basic guidelines for his overall view.

Jul 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Food Rules: An Eater's Manual


Not too much, Mostly plants Instead of obsessing over individual ingredients Pollan believes we should be paying attention to how our food is grown (preferably locally and organically), the balance of our overall diet (eat like an omnivore), and advises that how we eat has as much importance as w...

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