Keith Staskiewicz
December 09, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michael Pollan
publisher
Penguin
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

As America’s omnivorous ombudsman, playing intermediary between us and our food, Michael Pollan is a temperate voice located somewhere between Jonathan Safran Foer and Julia Child. In Food Rules, he expands the instructions from his last book (”Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”) into 64 rules based mostly on common sense. It’s essentially a diet book that eschews faddish doublespeak for plain declarations. (”Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans”; ”eat meals.”) This simplicity, combined with the rules’ tendency toward repetition, gives the book the tone of a parental lecture. And Pollan glosses over issues of access and cost, both essential to following his suggestions. B

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