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Food Rules summary Food Rules, series Food Rules, book Food Rules, pdf Food Rules, Food Rules 7cc75060e9 A DEFINITIVE COMPENDIUM OF FOOD WISDOMEating Doesn T Have To Be So Complicated In This Age Of Ever Elaborate Diets And Conflicting Health Advice, Food Rules Brings A Welcome Simplicity To Our Daily Decisions About Food Written With The Clarity, Concision And Wit That Has Become Bestselling Author Michael Pollan S Trademark, This Indispensable Handbook Lays Out A Set Of Straightforward, Memorable Rules For Eating Wisely, One Per Page, Accompanied By A Concise Explanation It S An Easy To Use Guide That Draws From A Variety Of Traditions, Suggesting How Different Cultures Through The Ages Have Arrived At The Same Enduring Wisdom About Food Whether At The Supermarket Or An All You Can Eat Buffet, This Is The Perfect Guide For Anyone Who Ever Wondered, What Should I Eat

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    More an article than a review, but thanks for reading it.APERITIF to the bookDid you know about the neurons in your stomach Have you gotten over your incommoded phobia with death defying, defeating and fighting it, then get back to learning and observe the reason why your brain is actually in your stomach Get reacquainted with oxidation in the greater scheme of things What is born must die So determine the rules of creation Constant renewal to sustain balance in nature, cannot be sidestepped by man in his infinite self absorbed thanatophobia, but by golly, do we TRY So yes, diet and nutrition fascinate us Our lives centers around the theory and practice of culinary mastery In our quest for eternal life and happiness, we made food a science, and we introduced concepts such as antioxidants, saturated fat, omega 3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, polyphenols, folic acid, gluten, probiotics Don t you just love Mark Twain s expression Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education Long gone are the days when chicken sparerib, applebutter, clam chowder, bacon or salt pork and the gazillion of international culinary delights, either fried, fresh or frozen, could, innocently, light up a family dinner table Remember those days when the margarine advocates swore death and damnation on butter and the world went ballistic, only to discover that it was a marketing strategy by the margarine camp and all food connoisseurs were caught red faced and red handed with the cookie jar stripped of all decency.Nowadays, in our pre apocalyptic world, there s still hope that the warmth and love of traditional foods might survive the onslaught, depending on the dedicated gatekeepers of family bonding to keep away from the food laden festivities the neurotic scientists, pseudo scientists, wannabe and almost scientists, with their magnifying glasses and microscopes.Was it really necessary to know that love, fired up by chocolates, was actually the dopamine feel good and serotonin happy hormone contained in chocolate itself that do the trick Well, you haven t met my uncle Walter on mother s side Thick lensed, nerdy and way too intelligent for his own good, a well respected professor in his own little laboratory, solemnly explained it accurate Well actually, the neurotransmitter serotonin in chocolate also contains small amounts of a compound called phenylethylamine, which acts like an amphetamine, stimulating your brain cells to release dopamine And we would happily smile with a mouthful of grandma s creamy chocolate pudding as the happy ending to a culinary sermon in honor of the gods of good living He also once remarked that grass and weeds contained so many sugars and nutrition that it made animals fat For humans to think that it won t have an impact on their own diet was almost hilarious He also believed that you should not eat food cooked that you cannot eat raw And that the biggest addiction in the world, including all street and prescription drugs, is to salt.Uncle Walter passed away at the age of 102, with one of his Gurkha Black Dragon cigars lying in the ashtray on his bedside table His wife, dear aunt Wilhelmina, on her 100th birthday, happily blew out the candles on her birthday cake, with a Perilly s Super Length of London clutched between her fingers In the pre death defying hysteria humans have relied heavily on instinct Just ask pregnant women My humble contribution to this particular tragicomedy was carrots Cross legged with my feet in the nearby stream, during bright moonlit nights, I was munching away in the nocturnal hours on the carrots which I pulled from the earth and washed in the stream Happily feeding my instinct to eat as much carrots as I could possibly find Those cravings raged through my entire pregnancy with oldest son I suspect his height of six feet seven today, were borne from genes and perhaps copious amounts of beta carotene But in our postmodern society that might be highly debatable Nowadays though, we re so scared of our instincts that we rather ravage books and the ideas of dietary gurus Well, we basically need someone or something to blame for our choices Some of us do You can simplify it Make Dr Freud happy and blame your mother Nutrition is a young science in which most of the knowledge, still delivered as hypotheses, the maybes, perhapses, likelies, we think it can be kind of rhetoric, still abound Yet there might be truth in the power of purslane, if you bear in mind that excessive amounts can cause kidney stones, says the nay sayers MAIN COURSE THE BOOK REVIEWOnly 112 pages of wisdom.BOOK BLURB or is it burp A DEFINITIVE COMPENDIUM OF FOOD WISDOMEating doesn t have to be so complicated In this age of ever elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings a welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food Written with the clarity, concision and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation It s an easy to use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food Whether at the supermarket or an all you can eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, What should I eat You can either trust your instinct and eat what your body demands, or read a book like this and enjoy the thoughts on nutrition, as expressed by the author Eating in our time has gotten complicated needlessly so, in my opinion I will get to the needlessly part in a moment, but consider first the complexity that now attends this most basic of creaturely activities Most of us have come to rely on experts of one kind or another to tell us how to eat doctors and diet books, media accounts of the latest findings in nutritional science, government advisories and food pyramids, the proliferating health claims on food packages We may not always heed these experts advice, but their voices are in our heads every time we order from a menu or wheel down the aisle in the supermarket Also in our heads today resides an astonishing amount of biochemistry. MICHAEL POLLAN is the author of five previous books, including In Defense of Food, a number one New York Times bestseller, and The Omnivore s Dilemma, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by both the New York Times and the Washington Post Both books won the James Beard Award A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley In this book, a wealth of information about food is shared Food Rules distills this body of wisdom into sixty four simple rules for eating healthily and happily The rules are framed in terms of culture rather than science, though in many cases science has confirmed what culture has long known not surprisingly, these two different vocabularies, or ways of knowing, often come to the same conclusion The book is not only informative, but also can provide conversation pointers at dinner tables As a coffee table book, it can keep many people happy reading while our stomachs are doing the thinking for us Of course it can also help in choosing between the the Neanderthal diet yes, there is such a notion or the vegan alternatives The in betweeners can understand why we are like we are, and enjoy life as it comes Charles Darwin might have insisted that it was all evolution, according to his now famous theory, or you can follow your instinct and believe it was the road via your stomach which made the difference Mmm does the expression the road to a man s heart goes through his stomach still stands Well yes, we would know after this book that we really think with our stomachs, right A SIDE DISHYou can also indulge in the theories of Dr Wallach I personally find his ideas fascinating Dr Joel Wallach, who emphasizes the scientifically accepted view that the genetic potential for longevity in humans suggests we should live to around 120 to 140 years old.Dr Wallach lists a few cases to further support this, including Russian Georgians who commonly live to 120 and the Armenians and Ebkanians, where living to 140 is not uncommon.He cites one Armenian who, from his military records, is thought to have lived to 167 years old, and the Titicaca Indians of south east Peru who lived to between 120 140 years old There s also the case of the Niger chief who died at 126 with all his teeth, and a Syrian in the Guinness Book of Records who fathered 9 children after 80 and went on to live to 133. What this article failed to mention, is that these fortunate people smoke cigars as thick as tree stumps, made from their own tobacco, and drink coffee as thick as oil Put into context, the average age for Americans was 75.5 years old in 1994 For doctors it was 58 Dr Wallach suggest that these figures suggest that there is great value in treating yourself through nutritional and lifestyle changes , rather than putting your health in the hands of doctors Source I strongly encourage you to read this above mentioned article if you re interested in the theories along longevity Fascinating You can also find all the scientists mentioned in it on Youtube Now bear in mind that it is the doctors who we so desperately want to believe, who have the most comfortable lifestyles, and the broadest choices of food and medicines, who don t make it to 60 average GRAND FINALE DESSERTAfter reading Food Rules An Eater s Manual you can dream of going back to your roots, or get on with modern living and change your image.Between THEN and NOW, humans have become taller, live longer and become attractive Basically, the western diet was accused of foul play in the process, but the holistic results may prove the antioxidant warriors wrong Bear in mind though, that diabetes have now become either the no 1 or no 2 killer in the world and people changing their diets, were also cured of all the diseases such as cancer, colon cancer, and coronary heart diseases Mark Pollan This book is not antiscience To the contrary, in researching it and vetting these rules I have made good use of science and scientists But I am skeptical of a lot of what passes for nutritional science, and I believe that there are other sources of wisdom in the world and other vocabularies in which to talk intelligently about food Human beings ate well and kept themselves healthy for millennia before nutritional science came along to tell us how to do it it is entirely possible to eat healthily without knowing what an antioxidant is. Uh oh we still have to stop oxidation, but by golly, let s keep on trying Well yes, there will one day be the perfect antidote for that, just ask the scientists Whatever you do, DON T ask doctors, you ve been warned Whatever can be taken from the book is the reader s choice Mark Pollan Most of these rules I wrote, but many of them have no single author They are pieces of food culture, sometimes ancient, that deserve our attention, because they can help us I ve collected these adages about eating from a wide variety of sources The older sayings appear in quotes I consulted folklorists and anthropologists, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and dietitians, as well as a large number of mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. There are really some helpful tips for everyone Here s a few Never eat alone eating at a table, with good conversations, is not only healthier eat less, and slower but also happier people who cook are likely to eat a healthful diet Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored Food is a costly antidepressant The water in which vegetables are cooked is rich in vitamins and other healthful plant chemicals Save it for soup or add it to sauces Eat food These days this is easier said than done, especially when seventeen thousand new products show up in the supermarket each year, all vying for your food dollar But most of these items don t deserve to be called food I call them edible foodlike substances Old adages Leave something for Mr Manners, some children once were told, or, Better to go to waste than to waist I don t agree with this one Rather eat smaller portions, than waste food my opinion Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper Follow the S policy no snacks, no seconds, no sweets except on days that begin with the letter S Saturdays and Sundays Don t eat something that your grandmother won t regard as food If processed food contain unpronounceable ingredients, don t eat it It s an easy, and enjoyable read, packed with inspiration and a lots of information Remember, confusion is always good for business Fortunately you can still rely on the neurons in your stomach and common sense to save the meal Bear in mind that the difference between natural food and processed food, is life Happily proceed with life Bon appetite

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    A tiny book I read it in the span of the bus ride downtown to my mother s house I wouldn t pay the 11.00 price for this book, but it was fun to get from the library and read.Some of my favorite rules Avoid foods you see advertised on televisionEat only foods that have been cooked by humansIt s not food if it arrived through the window of your carIt s not food if it s called the same thing in every language Think Big Mac, Cheetos or Pringles Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.The whiter the bread, the sooner you will be dead.Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.Be the kind of person who takes supplements then skip the supplements.Eat like the French Or the Japanese Or the Italians Or the Greeks.Regard nontraditional foods with skepticism.Have a glass of wine with dinnerPay , eat less Eat lessStop eating before you are full.Eat when you are hungry, not when you are board.If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, you are not hungry.Eat slowlyDrink your food and chew your drink.Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.Serve a proper portion and don t go back for seconds.Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauperAfter lunch, sleep awhile, after dinner, walk a mile.Eat mealsLimit your snacks to unprocessed snack food.Do all your eating at a table.Try not to eat aloneTreat treats as treats.No snacks, no seconds, no sweets, except on days that begin with S.Leave something on your plateCook.

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    Watch out, folks, this is a variation on the drunken book review called the my doctor prescribed me syzzurp review The M.D.P.M.S review An appropriate acronym on so many levels So, I have been sick for a month No exaggeration a month I thought I could tough it out like a champ and avoid the combined cost of a doctor s visit, medication, and missing work That is, until I woke up at 8 this morning withokay, do you remember that scene in Freddy s Dead The totally not final Final Nightmare where the deaf kid named Carlos gets a q tip shoved through one ear all the way out the other, i.e straight trew da head And then his hearing aid turns into this creepy, arachnid y, Alien type of shit that sucks his brainblood every time there is the slightest sound, causing excruciating pain to bang, bang, bang until his head explodes all over the place Yeah, that was how my ear felt this morning, so I finally caved The nice doctor lady, after much oh my god ing at the state of my health, informed me that I have sinusitis, bronchitis, and an ear infection so bad that I almost permanently damaged my hearing by letting it go for so long She gave me a shot in the ass hip, scolded me for working in a smoky bar and smoking in it and playing darts in that smoky bar on my day off while smoking rather than going to the doctor even when all the blood in my head felt like it had turned into phlegm and evilness forever and ever Then she loaded me up with drugs and sent me on my way I am off work tonight I can get better at long last As a little bonus, I finally got to enjoy a nice, quiet evening of having food guru Michael Pollan lecture me about my wicked ways Perfect timing Fortunately, this book let me know that I am really not all that bad I m not sure how to tackle this since it s so short, and kinda silly in that it only told me a couple of things that I didn t already know in a duh sort of way, and have for ages The simple fact that most of the information here needs to be told to anyone at this point kinda makes me real, real sad inside For example, are people really still surprised to hear that the modern American diet is worse for you than that of most South American, tribal, Eastern Asian, French, Greek, and Italian diets, for example You know, the diverse ones with smaller or no two and four legged meat portions and lots of fish oil, grains, and fruits vegetables, those diets that have kept their societies alive and well for generations and generations People are actually unaware that Westerners on the average Ammmurican diet of Fast Junk tend to have markedly shorter life expectancies than, say, that of the residents of many other also Industrialized, heavily populated, highly advanced places such as, say, Tokyo, where modern folk still actually tend to follow historically effective methods of planning, preparing, and experiencing meals made of ingredients that come from the actual ground Well, believe it Oh, and here s another interesting item that s just in you would be a terrible Jeopardy contestant Also a fact Point being, anyone who actually needs to hear such seemingly obvious statements as Don t get your fuel from the same place your car does will probably never actually read let alone follow that thought anywhere Let s get real, they are probably much too busy at Loves getting deep fried livers and gizzards to read this book.There were a couple of revealing parts where I was like billions of stomach neurons in the stomach that make you me sick, whawhaaaaat or the very sad for me opinion of Pollan s that people should just blanket NOT eat fake meat products Mostly, it just bums me out because of fond memories of un consented to experiments conducted on avidly carnivorous house guests in high school which taught me that you could totally trick a Texas rodeo cowboy with some of the fake meat products on the market todayand tricking stubborn people out of things they are obnoxiously stubborn about is always fun Alas, Pollan says it s a no no Aaaaand the adorably bad puns, oh my The healthiest food in the supermarket doesn t boast about its healthfulnessdon t take the silence of the yams as a sign they have nothing valuable to say about your health How cute is that shit I love this man so hard And speaking of hard, who here thought about the tucking scene and or Tom Petty s American Girl when they read that sentence about eating right Plenty of you, I betcha.I have also always really liked this simple bit of dietary advice which Pollan restates, that you should always remember to Eat Your Colors This rule of thumb always brings to mind Sophie Calle s Chromatic Diet experiment, where she restricted herself to monochromatic meals which changed with the day of the week I suppose that is technically mildly unhealthy if we are following Pollan s guidance, but the whole process of spending so much time and effort preparing food and generally pondering the ritual of consumption can t be anything but a fruitful exercise Get outta muh brain, Pollan Sure, the point of Calle s project was to embrace the identity of Paul Auster s novelized version of her rather than focus on her health, but still Also, the borderline obsessively composed photographs she took of the spreads before eating each meal are just so purrrdy Back on topic, this little book of obvious isms is okay, but I kind of wish I had just taken the time to read The Omnivore s Dilemma or In Defense of Food instead so I would ve learned factual fact type of stuff However, if you want to be a really good person, give a copy to your obese, truck driving Uncle Al and assuming he reads it blow his freakin mind SLASH maaaaaybe change his life a bit for the better Every time I hear the Krueger line Nice hearing from ya, CARLOS I giggle probably way too much I m a real classy broad like that.

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    I read this super short book at lunch, upon the recommendation of a gorgeous 72 year old woman who claimed to be married to the hottest 80 year old you ve ever seen Granted, I read it while eating ramen, but I 3 Michael Pollan and the IDEA of eating well.

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    I have had The Protein Power Lifeplan on one of my kitchen shelves for over ten years now and I read it regularly as it gives sound advice on how to eat healthily.However, when I saw Food Rules An Eater s Manual and read the review, I knew that I had to have this and purchased it on a whim yesterday I then decided to briefly look at it on my Kindle with a view to reading it at a future date Did that happen No, of course it didn t The fates had something else in store for me I started the book, stopped somewhat briefly for dinner, and carried on reading until 2 am this morning I hate to use the word gem for a book as it s a word that s used so often nowadays but it s definitely the case here I ve always tried to be careful in my eating habits but regrettably I have a great love for chocolate, amongst other things, there is a wonderful Lindt chocolate factory nearby with its own shop, and bargains too but I very rarely make any purchases as I have no control whatsoever.It was the first paragraph of this book, however, that immediately caught my attention and made me continue reading How odd is it that everybody now has at least a passing acquaintance with words like antioxidant , saturated fat , omega 3 fatty acids , carbohydrates , polyphenols , folic acid , gluten and probiotics It s gotten to the point where we don t see foods but instead look right through them to the nutrients good and bad they contain, and of course to the calories all these invisible qualities in our food that, properly understood, supposedly hold the secret to eating well So well put.I soon learned too that the author s golden rule consisted of seven words Eat food Not too much Mostly plants.Well yes, I go along with that but it s all a question of control I have never liked chips, cakes and other such foods that are fattening and supposedly unhealthy, so why did I need to read this book Pure curiosity I believe.There are sixty four rules given in this book divided into three sections and with advice given in the main heading for each Some are sensible but others require willpower Leave something on your plate Yes, in principle, but what if it s really, really good I ask myself Why deprive my body But my favourite rules are Don t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn t recognise as food Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader cannot pronounce and the intriguing one Eat only foods that will eventually rot.But no 64 gives you an out from time to time Break the rules once in a while.Yes I agree with that indulge yourself with your favourite food, but always remember to do things in moderation We get back to willpower here.This is an excellent book

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    So I get the feeling everyone in the world that still reads newspapers in some form knows Michael Pollan s work in some form He s a journalist who started to make food his thing, wrote the heady Omnivore s Dilemma that I got for last birthday but since I had not read it and the wife had, she gave it to the used book store and that was okay then, but now I wish I had it to begin reading and plenty of articles and versions of this book, the first of which came out in maybe 2009 Anyway, I was at the library picking up some holds there and saw this on some table and I took it home, because this version is illustrated by Maira Kalman, whose work I love Very inviting illustrations, that make a topic no one really wants to face directly really fun and lively.Pollan is good in that he tries different registers for talking to mainly U.S Americans that eat so infamously processed food, meat, soda, fast food and are now infamously the most obese country in history I was a vegetarian for twenty years and a vegan for about a year or so and still eat pretty well so literally none of this book was news to me, but it and really all of his research can be summarized into these pithy Golden Rules Eat food Not too much Mostly plants.That s it But almost no one in this country seems to do it, amazingly, except people like me who read books by Michael Pollan, I suspect Though maybe Maira Kalman will draw a few people in, who knows She got me to pick it up, anyway And even though I knew most of it, I decided to review it just to join him as an annoying food health activist Some of my favorite rules Don t eat anything your grandmother wouldn t recognize as food.Avoid foods you see advertised on television.Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans.It s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.It s not food if it s called the same thing in every language Think Big Mac, Cheetos or Pringles Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.The whiter the bread, the sooner you will be dead.Eat like the French Or the Japanese Or the Italians Or the Greeks.Have a glass of wine with dinner.If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, you are not hungry.Drink your food and chew your drink.Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.Cook But the best thing about this edition is that it is illustrated by the wonderful Maira Kalman Who says her family tradition is Cheetos, so deal with it It s worth checking out of the old lib just for the art, and then, well, there s that advice Shut up, Dave, and bring me another beer from the fridge And that bag of chips with the dip

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    My rating is based on a combination of a the book s content and b the book s usefulness to me The usefulness is what brings it to a higher rating I ve been studying health and nutrition on my own for many years now, so the content was not new to me I bought the book to have on hand for motivation and reminders of what I already know The way the information and rules are presented makes it perfect for keeping me on the healthy path I read the entire book in a little over an hour and marked the pages that have the best reminders for me The simplicity of presentation will make it really easy for me to keep pounding this stuff into my head when I m tempted to eat licorice for dinner Yes, hanging my head in shame, I admit to having eaten licorice as a meal I really like the rule about you can eat as much junk food as you want, as long as you prepare it yourself He points out that you wouldn t eat french fries very often if you had to scrub, peel, slice, and fry the potatoes yourself, and then clean up the mess Something we don t think about when we buy crap at the grocery store Would I prepare this myself

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    What a delightful read The art was absolutely charming and was completely in keeping with the light, upbeat, positive approach that the author followed Some of the rules were fairly obvious, but who doesn t need a little reminder now and then Other rules were introspective such as 65 Give Some Thought to Where Your Food Comes From The corollary of this notion is to be grateful for your food The author notes a Zen blessing This meal is the labor of countless beings Let us remember their toil Wise words to live by This was a highly enjoyable read and one that I ll return to again and again.

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    This book was a super quick read with 64 food rules which each had a paragraph or two explaining them in detail It has some great reminders and a few new ideas Some of my favorites are Avoid food products that make health claims you shouldn t have to advertise how healthly something is , Eat only food that will eventually rot, Treat meat as a flavoring, Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself fries, ice cream, pies are all harder to make and highly processed, you will eat less and it will be healthful if you make it , Pay , eat less trade quantity for quality, The banquet is in the first bite the first bite is always the best, the you eat doesn t add to your pleasure, it just adds calories , spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it, treat treats as treats S policy no snacks, no seconds, no sweets except on days that begin with the letter S Some things I need to remember Avoid highly processed foods, anything that has sugar as a top 3 ingredient, eat animals that have themselves eaten well, eat less, stop eating before you are full, eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored, eat slowly put down fork in between bites , buy smaller plates and glasses, serve a proper portion and don t go back for seconds,

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