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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2010
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2010
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2010
I enjoyed this little book very much. However you have to understand what you're getting here. If serious explanation, backed up by scientific studies, is what you're looking for, then the author's other works should be your first port of call. Personally, I've done that kind of study already. What this book offers is a series of Food Rules--like axioms, or "wise sayings"--about how to live healthily. It is a very enjoyable summary of a healthy living philosophy. It also occurred to me that this book might be useful if you wish to teach this to your children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2011
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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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2010
This is the non-science version of Michael Pollan's outstanding book 'In Defence of Food', a 'lite' version if you will. You should treat it the same way Michael treats non-fat and 'lite' foods in his book, and stay away. In Defence of Food is a great book. It's very easy to read, and the science is well explained. There really was no need for a dumbed down version, a 'Food for Idiots' version. No need beyond the commercial, at least.

Do yourself a favour and buy the real book. And if you've already read that book, then don't waste your time on this one. Why buy an abridged version of a book after you've read the original?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2011
Michael Pollan's Food Rules is a really useful book if you are sick of fad diets and yoy-yo dieting and are intrested in improving your over all health and nutrition. His rules are quite deceptivly simple yet when put into practice are a useful guide to long term sensible, eating. There is so much written on how dieting that it is rather pleasing to get a book that does not offer miracles but practicality and an easy to follow guide. His main mantra is " eat food not too much, mostly plants". I may not be a raving vegetarian but I try to sticking to this no nonsense guide to eating my relationship with food has vastly improved for the better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2010
Hi. It only takes a few hours to read which is NOT a bad thing. It is simple information, uncluttered. It's worth a read. I've changed a few habits, another read will remind me of a few more EASY ways to eat healthily.
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