**Food Rules by Michael Pollan (2009)

Okay, so I’m a bit of a Michael Pollen groupie and couldn’t stop myself from buying this book even though I have all of this others and this one really doesn’t add anything new.  What it does do, is simplify his message from previous books.   I’m pretty clear on his message (which he previously boiled down to 7 words: eat food, not too much, mostly plants), and I certainly didn’t need this book of 64 rules to know what I should eat, but I’m hopeful that if I leave it out on the kitchen table, my kids might read it and choose to follow at least some of the rules.  Maybe, just maybe, if they read it in his words, it will have a stronger impact than my own words which probably sound more like a nagging mother than the voice of common sense and reason.  His basic premise in this and other books is that most of our Western diet really isn’t food, but rather processed food-like substances, and that we need to start eating like our grandmothers did if we want to have a healthier life.  I still buy a few too many items that come in packages, but at least my grocery cart has a lot more produce in it than anything else.  A few of my favorite rules: #36 “Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.” #57 “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does,” (in the future, I will quote these to my kids instead of telling them I won’t stop at the gas station for a snack and I won’t buy Fruit Loops), and finally # 39 “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself”  (the theory being that we won’t take the time to make junk food or sweets very often, so when we do, it’s okay to eat them: indulge in peach crisp and apple pie but not  Girl Scout cookies.  (non-fiction)

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