My new favorite book is Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan, illustrated by Maria Kalman. When I say favorite, I mean FAVORITE. I look at this book every single day. I love everything about it.
Not only is this my favorite book, but it is a book that I believe everyone MUST read. And that’s saying a lot because I don’t say that often. It is practical, brilliant and beautiful. All of my favorite things wrapped into one package (Silver Lining).
Pollan says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
You know what else I love about Food Rules? Finally Five adores it. Yesterday, we sat outside and read half of the book in one sitting. It sparked wonderful conversation about eating. How inspiring is that? Full disclosure: I happened to be blessed with a little girl who will do a face plant into a bowl of peas (Silver Lining).
Here are my most favorite rules from the book:
- Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
- Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store.
- Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot.
- Make water your beverage of choice.
- If it came from a plant, eat it; If it was made in a plant, don’t.
- It is not just what you eat but how you eat.
- Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline.
- Place a bouquet of flowers on the table and everything will taste twice as good.
- Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce. This happens to be Finally Five’s favorite!
- Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored.
- Eat your colors.
- Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs, and other mammals).