Review of “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”


Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, is an easy read, if nothing else. Certainly not daunting, it is all of 139 pages!

“Eat food, mostly plants, not too much.”

Packed with valuable information and sound wisdom, Food Rules is a handy little book that is great for jumping feet first into healthier eating patterns. He covers everything from what to avoid eating, and what is best to eat, but does it in a very fun, easy to read way: he has sixty-four “rules” applicable to food, all about one or two pages long!

“Eat only foods that will eventually rot.”

I found it to be a very humorous read, but also a telling one. We in America too often rely on convenience over quality. I lost track of the number of rules it breaks to eat at McDonald’s, by the way… #11, #13, #14, #18, #19, #20, well, you get the idea!

“Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.”

I laughed so hard at this one! But it’s really true. When was the last time you saw raspberries at your gas station? I have personally never seen a quick stop that sold produce of any sort! (Not that there’s not one somewhere– a body can dream, right?)

“Eat some foods that have been predigested by bacteria or fungi.”

I definitely saw some areas in my life that need some work after I read this book, and I’m sure if I read it again in six months I would probably say the same thing. The good thing about this book, however, was that it breaks it down into concise little “rules”, so you can pick one to work on, then move to another one!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this little book, and would have to give it a “B”.

Have you read the book? If so, what did you think?


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