Bestselling author Michael Pollan’s latest book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, is a quick read, but is not light on information for anyone that eats. There are a lot of long and exhaustive books that don’t get to the point, especially when it comes to diet and health. Pollan however gets right to practical advice and scientific information with this slim book of ideas that span the space of a small page.
He makes interesting points, 64 in fact. I tend to enjoy reading about health, and honestly, I find that a lot of these kinds of books are not quick and easy, or the advice is simply not good. Not since I read You on a Diet have I felt so satisfied with a health advice book.
A lot of this was not new to me, but I tend to try to stay up on health news. Even still, I found a lot to take away myself. Pollan is an expert on food and the food industry, and informs us without a gimmick of weight loss. Yes, you will lose weight if you follow his advice, but it is about being informed. Like his other books and talks, he also discusses what has happened with the food industry and American society to cause our issues with food.
One thing that I loved about this book is that it didn’t focus heavily on meat vs. vegetarianism, but it did comment on it. It is difficult when a book does not take into account the different perspectives of the potential readers. It is a wonderful way to dip your toes into understanding food, but even people already knowledgeable will enjoy Pollan’s quick tips. This book is really a great little read for anyone interested in being more mindful and healthy about what they eat with realistic solutions.
On Wednesday, April 21, the highly talked about Academy Award Nominated documentary film Food Inc. will be shown on POV. Robert Kenner’s film features Pollan and other experts on food. They explore the fascinating topic of how our food is making us sick, and what we can do to make it better. Check your local PBS station listings. You can even get a one time e-mail reminder from PBS so you don’t forget.
Because of this, PBS is featuring an excerpt from Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Unlike Food Rules, The Omnivore’s Dilemma is not quick tips, but rather a discussion of how our food industry is run and how we got to this point. This is not to say it won’t help you make smarter decisions. Rather, Food Rules is the distilled advice of Pollan, but is hardly exhaustive of his knowledge.
Official website: Michael Pollan
Interview: Michael Pollan on Democracy Now! (VIDEO) — highly recommended
Excerpt (PBS): The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Excerpt (WorldCat/GoogleBooks): The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Official website: Food, Inc. documentary film
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