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Book review: Food Rules (Michael Pollan)

As mentioned in a past blog post, I had Michael Pollan’s new book, Food Rules, on pre-order. It arrived today.

Within 30 minutes, the paperback was lying on my coffee table. That’s how long it took to read it; or rather, browse through it.

This is not a book you read while sitting in the shade on a sunny July day. In fact, it barely qualifies as a book. Food Rules is a glorified pamphlet (not meant as a criticism of the content).

It includes 64 rules, with brief descriptions of each rule, broken up into three parts: (1) What should I eat? (2) What kind of food should I eat? (3) How should I eat?

Fans of Pollan will not learn anything new, but it does serve as a nice refresher of his food philosophy.

Some of my favorite rules:

Rule #11: Avoid foods you see advertised on television.

Rule #20: It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.

Rule #27: Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.

Rule #43: Have a glass of wine with dinner.

Rule #51: Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.

Food Rules is currently selling for $6.60 on (that’s 78 cents less than I paid).

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