Food Rules Book #Review

Today I wanted to share another book with you. I heard about this book listening to National Public Radio one day and decided to purchase it. The book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan, Copyright 2009 (ISBN 978-0-14-311638-7) is billed as, “A Definitive Compendium of Food Wisdom”.

The introduction starts with this basic premise, “Eating in our time has gotten complicated needlessly so, in my opinion.” Mr. Pollan breaks the book up into 3 parts: “What Should I Eat?”, “What Kind of Food Should I Eat?”, and “How Should I Eat?”

The book is only 140 pages and it reads very quickly as there is a lot of white space in it. The arrangement is such that you could just read a page or two at a time and still get something out of it. Many “rules” are common themes that you probably have heard or read over the last few years. However as I was reading I found myself nodding my head in agreement at many of the statements and laughing at some phrases like page 39 starts out, “Rule 18 Don’t ingest food made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.” Once the author states the rule he then expounds on what he means by the rule and what you can do to follow it.

Because I believe that our food should be made from whole ingredients and not some chemistry lab, many of the rules struck a chord with me.

There are 64 rules in the book but Mr. Pollan boils it down to one very simple rule and that is stated in the very first section, “EAT FOOD”.

I would recommend this book as a handbook to start you thinking about food and how we can eat better. This also would be great to hand around to friends and family to spur discussion about how we can improve our health and be more conscious about what we eat. Don’t expect “Food Rules” to be an encyclopedia of nutrition because it isn’t, however as a lighthearted guide it performs that role well.

In the end I think that Michael Pollan is successful in writing a basic book about nutrition that isn’t technical and gets to the heart of what matters. Take a look and see if you don’t agree.