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Food Rules by Michael Pollan
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Feb 25, 2012

it was amazing
Read in March, 2010

*The to-go (and go-to) version*

Michael Pollan wrote the book on healthy eating. Literally. And, here it is, served up in 64 bite-sized rules dished out over 140 highly digestible, delightfully illustrated pages. Based on the meat (no pun intended, really) of his ground-breaking _In Defense of Food_, the pocket-sized, readable-in-one-sitting (though preferably not while eating) _Food Rules_ presents do-able, understandable, and yes, even enjoyable how-to's for following Pollan's eating holy trinity of: "Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants."

Divided into three sections to address each of these three guidelines, the book contains rules that are clear as spring water ("Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."), funny ("Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk."), clever ("If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't."), cleverly worded ("Treat treats as treats."), wise ("Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.") and realistic ("Break the rules once in a while.").

If you ate up _In Defense of Food_, this book will be a deliciously concentrated treat. If you haven't read _In Defense of Food_ (or haven't been able to convince others you care about to do so), think of this manual as the fast-read, "to-go" version of that book. (Which, by the way, can be served up with fries as long as you make them yourself. )

_Food Rules_ rules!

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