A little Michael Pollen I decided. After writting Indefence of Food, Michael Pollen then wrote a compact version of the rules contained in the book. This book he named Food Rules An Eater’s Manual.
Rule 1 Eat food
‘These days this is easier said then done, especially when seventeen thousand new products show up in the supermarket each year, all vying for our food dollar. Most of these items don’t deserve to be called food – i call them edible foodlike substances.’
That is the first entry in the book. One i have touched on several times over the last few weeks. The question still remain, what is food?
Rule 2 ‘Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.’
I don’t know what my great grandmother ate but i am guessing that it came mainly from the butcher, the baker and ther greengrocers.
Rule 20 ‘Don’t eat food that comes through a window.’
I haven’t yet looked into the fast food market but i can tell you now there are just as many different variety of restaurants as there are anywhere else. Maybe it is something for me to look at the coming weeks.
The book comes in three parts; Part I ‘What should i eat?’ (eat food), Part II What kind of food should i eat? (Mostly plants) and Part III How should I eat? (Not too much).
This is a good quick reference book if you don’t want to trawl through one of his other books. It contains 64 rules. Do i remember them all? of cause – i don’t. It funky, it’s fun and it’s worth keeping if you are into that kind of thing.