“Food Rules” by Michael Pollan

Want to learn the “new” food rules to save your health, but don’t have time to read the 300+ page books by food journalists?

Well, Michael Pollan has taken what he talked about in “In Defense of Food” and shrunk it down to 64 rules with an 12-page introduction.

“Food Rules: An eater’s manual” discusses how people can get away from the Western diet, eat clean and close to nature, and save themselves.

I am a big fan of clean eating and the locavore movement, so this book is right up my alley. His tips are so easy to remember. Some include “Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce,” “It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language,” and “Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.”

Some tips made me think, like Eat only food that will eventually rot, “The banquet is in the first bite,” and “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.”

And my favorite: “Break the rules once in awhile.”

I love that his message isn’t so stern but eye-opening as more and more people are discovering what is put in their food and consequently in their stomach is under their control, not a mindless factory.

And with a cute pea pod on the cover, this tiny novel is a great conversation piece at the doctor’s office or in your own home on the coffee table.

About Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University, is a York City dweller and has been vegetarian and geek for more than five years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie
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