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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual [Paperback]

Michael Pollan
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29 Dec 2009

In sixty-four bite-sized pieces of advice, Michael Pollan's Food Rules tells you everything you need to know to eat healthily, dine happily and live well.

Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.

Using those seven simple words as his guide, internationally-acclaimed food journalist Michael Pollan offers this indispensable handbook for anyone concerned about health and food. Sensible, easy to use and written in plain English, Food Rules is a set of memorable adages or designed to help you eat real food in reasonable amounts, gathered from a wide variety of sources: nutritionists, anthropologists, ancient cultures - and grandmothers.

Whether at the supermarket, a restaurant or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect manual for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.

'In more than four decades I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than these principles'

The New York Times

'Instantly makes redundant all diet books and 99 per cent of discussions around healthy eating ... Sense, at last'
   Daily Mail, praise for In Defence of Food

'Pollan invites us to grab our pots and pans and cook some real food for dinner'
   Time Out, praise for In Defence of Food

'Read this witty book for a healthier life and diet'
   The Times, praise for In Defence of Food

Michael Pollan has been writing for over twenty years about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. The Omnivore's Dilemma, about the ethics and ecology of eating, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is also the author of The Botany of Desire, A Place of My Own and Second Nature and, most recently, In Defence of Food.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (29 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014311638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143116387
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. His book The Omnivore's Dilemma, about the ethics and ecology of eating, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is also the author of In Defence of Food, The Botany of Desire, A Place of My Own and Second Nature, and the upcoming Food Rules: An Eater's Manual.

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Instantly makes redundant all diet books and 99 per cent of discussions around healthy eating . . . Sense, at last (praise for In Defence of Food, Daily Mail)

Pollan invites us to grab our pots and pans and cook some real food for dinner (praise for In Defence of Food, Time Out)

Read this witty book for a healthier life and diet (praise for In Defence of Food, The Times)

In more than four decades I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than these principles (Jane E. Brody The New York Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. The Omnivore's Dilemma, about the ethics and ecology of eating, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is also the author of The Botany of Desire, A Place of My Own and Second Nature and, most recently, In Defence of Food. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet 27 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Food Rules by Michael Pollan is a great book. It is short, and easy and quick to read. Every teenager and every adult in Britain should own it and read it. It should be part of the curriculum. Probably you know quite a lot of this food wisdom already, but this book crystallizes it all, in simple rules. Your grandmother will be saying "I told you so."

Michael and the book are both American, but the Americanisms don't get in the way of the message.

The low price of this book is a reflection of its size, not its value. You will definitely not regret buying this book. Buy two and give one to someone you love. If you are a teacher, buy every student in your class their own copy.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously good advice 19 July 2010
By Ceiteag
Format:Paperback
A previous reviewer refered to 'Food rules' as a dumbed down re-write of Pollan's 'In defence of food', questioning why anyone would buy the adridged version. Well I bought it to pass the time on a train, and it made me laugh out loud all the way to Bristol. It's packed full of witty aphorisms that will transform your shopping habits overnight. Now, whenever I go shopping I have Pollan's 'food rules' ringing in my ears. If I have an impulse to buy junk food, I just recall that I should 'avoid food products that make health claims', or not 'eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food'. Even though I was already aware of many of the issues that he covers, this really does help me make better choices about my eating.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginners' guide 5 July 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is in essence a summary of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food." It offers no new conclusions, but what does one do passionate enough about a subject? One tries to drive the message home, time and again, hoping to reach each and everyone of us; the scientifically minded, the health conscious, those "too busy" to read through 400+ pages. Different people have different priorities, and what's right for one isn't right for everyone. I still recommend "Food Rules" to those who want a "lite" introduction into Michael Pollan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great little book! 29 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Food Rules came highly recommended by a nutritionist at the Penny Brohn Cancer Centre in Bristol. It is a great little book because Michael Pollan demystifies the whole subject of what we should eat these days when the supermarkets offer a bewildering array of products and there is conflicting advice everywhere we turn on whether we should be low-fat, low-carb, low GI, low GL, high fibre etc. My shelves are full of the latest advice, collected over the years, most of which conflicts with the earlier "latest advice". This book is quite different. Based on a good understanding of nutrition science, Pollen has reduced the chaos into less than 70 witty little rules that are easy to remember and lighthearted enough to appeal to the most hardened skeptic. It takes minutes to read, can be taken anywhere, left in the loo for amusement but the messages are sound, memorable and skillfully delivered. Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. It takes a great deal of skill to arrive at such a simple message. I'm giving it to all my friends and family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good 27 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Excellent, concise and incredibly clear.
Written in straightforward, precise and easy to understand language.
Good sensible, credible and easy to follow advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable little pocket book 22 Jan 2011
By SuReads
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Pollan's new book is zippy, short, and very attractive. I find myself quoting from it regularly.

Nothing esoteric or windy. Just some good old fashioned sense mixed with a little melody.

I'm a big fan.

Very affordable in comparison to the usual tomes of nutritional bibles on sale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is brilliant. It reminds us of the basic facts for a good healthy eating plan. Buy a copy for all your friends - they will be truly thankful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very easy common sense read 7 Aug 2010
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This book was sent to me quickly and just as quickly I read it - all the information in this little book reminded me of how I used to eat as a child - lots of good wholesome food and no junk food which is really how we should all be eating. A well written and easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple eating tweaks for a happier life
Common sense prevails in this short guide on how to eat, if you respect your body, and happiness. If you have ever wondered why you should bother learning to cook, this is a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rich Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice neat little book
does what is says on the tin, informative, clear and very interesting to read. A lovely little book to have on your shelf.
Published 4 months ago by EliAllison
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but very helpful
Cuts the waffle so many books have and has helpful tips on eating more healthy. Good price too can be read quickly to start acting straight away.
Published 6 months ago by I have a stalker called Alison Priest from Solihull
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book
Very simple, beautifully delivered messages about food and what to eat. I have bought copies for quite a few friends and family.
Published 6 months ago by Gill Stuffins
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The previous Michael Pollan books I've read were "in defence of food" and "the omnivore's dilemma", these books were fantastic and I recommend them, but food rules... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aliesha Kean
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensible
Very sensible, straightforward information.
Obvious but sometimes you need to be reminded.
I would recommend this book to my friends.
Published 7 months ago by Olwen Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars A necessary book
In a world on neverending, competing noise, Michael Pollan's Food Rules is a rare beacon of common sense. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alfons Claver
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book
This book is just fantastic as it explains most ( all ) you need to know about food and how to stay healthy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by richard e marke
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a diet book, but fascinating.
I can't believe this book isn't more known in the UK. It's great. As my title says, it's not really 'a diet book'. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sassy of Shoreditch
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick but thought provoking read.
I found this book very quick to read but it left me thinking more about my eating habits and how I source my food. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Moore
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