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5.0 out of 5 stars Food Rules Rules!, December 31, 2009
This review is from: Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (Paperback)
I picked up Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, because I have been searching for just this type of book for many of my clients as a New Year's gift. I read the slim book quickly in a bookstore and it is the perfect present for my clients who are not eating healthy diets (but who have confessed they wish to.)

I am an interior designer/organizer and see how my clients eat all the time when I redesign and organize their kitchens. Pollan's In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma are both excellent, but can be intimidating. Not Food Rules--it is short and easy to understand.

The book is divided into three parts and has 64 chapters or rules. The following will give you an good idea of what the book is about: Part I, What should I eat? Includes such chapters as "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food", "avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients", and "avoid foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup".

Part II, What kind of food should I eat? Includes "Eat mostly plants, especially leaves", "eat your colors", and "the whiter the bread, the sooner you will be dead."

Part III, How should I eat? Includes "pay more, eat less," "eat less," and "limit your snacks to unprocessed plant food."

For those of you who desire a healthier diet, Food Rules is a terrific guide that makes understanding what to put into your body simple to understand and implement.

Finally, if healthy eating is a new concept for you, you will find the clever chapter titles easy to memorize, thus making the concept of healthy eating a simple one to learn.

Highly recommend.

By the author of the award winning book, HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT and SELL YOUR HOME FAST IN A BUYER'S MARKET
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2010 1:00:29 PM PST
Dan Herman says:
Thanks for the review! I have read Harmonious Environment and love it...great tips on eating healthy and cooking tips, too!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2010 7:14:45 AM PST
Thanks! I included the chapter on food--recipes, healthy eating, cooking tips--because good food is definitely a part of creating a sanctuary.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 1:16:14 PM PST
A good and informative review Norma, Thanks,
Marc

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 12:38:03 PM PST
An informative and wonderful review indeed!

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 9:06:50 PM PDT
Thanks for the informative review. I was leaning toward buying this until I got to your quote of the rules, specifically "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food", "avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients", and "avoid foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup". Nowadays we have the greatest variety of food ever available, at prices that bring them to the middle class and not just the emperor, some of which neither of my Victorian grandmothers would recognize as food. That includes things like Chinese gooseberries and Buddha's hand. Avoiding foods with more than five ingredients would make a very bland diet. Why, I couldn't even eat a cheeseburger (which I'm sure has a rule all its own) with bread, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, mustard, ketchup, salt and pepper; or even corned beef and cabbage with potato, carrot, celery, onion and horseradish. The point is that even simple foods have lots of ingredients. The only problem with high-fructose corn syrup is the same problem as with white sugar and I don't see why the rule isn't simply "avoid processed sugars".

I'm going to follow rule 81: Avoid this book.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2010 6:27:23 AM PDT
Charles,
To be clear, Pollan means avoiding food products that contain more than five ingredients--you can make recipes that contain any amount of ingredients. In other words, don't buy prepared foods that are made up of multiple ingredients...usually, those products contain "bad" ingredients--like artificial flavors, preservatives, fake stuff.
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