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Food Rules

An Eater's Manual, Illustrated
Paperback Book
Penguin Books USA
October, 2013
$23.00 CAD
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Drink the spinach water.

Michael Pollan, North America’s trusted resource for food-related issues, offers this pocket compendium of food wisdom for anyone concerned about health and nutrition. Simple, sensible, and easy to use, Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. This new edition has been expanded with 19 new food rules. Many of the new rules, suggested by readers, underscore the central teachings—that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated and that food is as much about pleasure and community as it is about nutrition and health.

 Eat your colors. The idea that a healthy plate of food will feature several different colors is a good example of an old wives’ tale about food that turns out to be good science too. The colors of many vegetables reflect the different antioxidant phytochemicals they contain—anthrocyanins, polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenoids. Many of these chemicals help protect against chronic diseases, but each in a slightly different way, so the best protection comes from a diet containing as many different phytochemicals as possible.

Pollan believes that eating doesn’t have to be as complicated as it’s become in this age of evermore elaborate diets, infinite choice, and conflicting health advice.

If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.

It’s written with the clarity, concision and wit that has become Michael Pollan’s trademark and charmingly illustrated in colour by Maira Kalman.

Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle. Most supermarkets are laid out the same way: Processed food products dominate the center aisles of the store, while the cases of mostly fresh food—produce, meat, fish, and dairy—line the walls. If you keep to the edges of the store you’ll be much more likely to wind up with real food in your shopping cart.

Whether at home or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this handy resource is a guide for anyone who needs to become more mindful of food and eating.

Also by Michael Pollan are The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food.

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