Does the award-winning, best-selling author Michael Pollan and his new eater’s manual Food Rules need any introduction?
The haiku version: Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.
Or tune in today when the good food guru makes an appearance on Oprah, on a show devoted to food issues called, Before You Shop Again: Food 101 with Michael Pollan.
Here’s what I like about this little guide: It’s full of common sense. It’s not preachy or dogmatic. It’s doable. And it’s all delivered in “cultural blips that stick in your head,” to quote the New York Times Magazine contributor and University of California, Berkeley, professor himself.
Think short, simple, catchy, often funny, nuggets of nutritional wisdom for consumers about consuming:
#18: Don’t ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.
#36 Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
My 11 year old read Food Rules over dinner, got it, agreed with most of it, and it got us talking about food and meal times in a different way.
That’s the beauty of this book. It’s just a slip of a thing, a glorified pamphlet really, but it could be the starting point to a healthy, lifelong relationship with food.
Do you have a food rule you think belongs in this guide?
Share your idea for a chance to win an autographed copy of Food Rules.
Alternatively, come up with a different title for this manual. When I hear the word “rules” my rebellious nature kicks in. Why not “pearls” or “gems” or even “wisdom”? Got a better title? Bring it on below.
Comments close at 10 p.m. Pacific Time next Wednesday, February 3. Winner chosen at random.
If you’re stuck for suggestions, here’s a tip: While researching this book, Pollan asked readers of the Times blog the Well to pass on ideas. He got, oh, about 2,784 responses (and counting), some of them quite funny:
Only put one meat on the pizza.
Don’t eat anything bigger than your head.
Never eat sushi from a convenience store.
Don’t buy your food where you buy your gas.
Bonus points if you pass on some kitchen wisdom that makes me laugh.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, what’s Pollan’s guiltiest pleasure?
French fries. But don’t sweat it, he’s got it covered with:
#39 Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.
Update: Apologies for my tardiness in following up on this contest. I was out of Internet range for three days and then felled by illness. But I’m back in the saddle today (sort of) and happy to announce that the randomly chosen winner of Food Rules is Heidi Bokor, #14 of more than 40 entrants. Thanks to all for playing — and for great title suggestions, such as Small Bites and Bites of Wisdom, along with all the food rules folks shared below. Look for future food book giveaways coming soon.