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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual 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 This book is an abridged version of Pollan s book In Defense of Food and gives excellent advice about what to eat and not to eat as far as being natural and healthy He s not an extremist but, what he says makes good sense He advises that if it comes through a car window, it s not food If your food is made in a plant rather than coming from a plant, you shouldn t eat it He mentions edible food like substances which is very reminisent of another book I ve read in the last couple of year This book is an abridged version of Pollan s book In Defense of Food and gives excellent advice about what to eat and not to eat as far as being natural and healthy He s not an extremist but, what he says makes good sense He advises that if it comes through a car window, it s not food If your food is made in a plant rather than coming from a plant, you shouldn t eat it He mentions edible food like substances which is very reminisent of another book I ve read in the last couple of years called The Twinkie Deconstructed Most of the book is common sense but we could certainly use the reminders It s cover price is a bit steep for it s size and content so if you want to read it, borrow it from the library or get a used copy or read In Defense of Food 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 wh 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.Eatlike 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 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 sidestepp 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 expressionCauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college educationLong 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 itaccurate 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 everelaborate 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 sharedFood 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 expressionthe road to a man s heart goes through his stomachstill 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 fascinatingDr 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 fewcases 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 doctorsSource 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 becomeattractive 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 arelikely to eat ahealthful 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 saucesEat 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 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 Nig 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 withdrugs 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 learnedfactual 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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