Review by Shwetha H S
If you tried reading In Defence of Food by Michael Pollan and failed to complete it, then don’t be disheartened that you might be in nutrition world. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by the same author is like a summary of In Defence of Food, but is humorous and short enough to make readers understand the good and bad of the food world.
The book is divided into three parts to answer three simple questions: What should I eat? What kind of food should I eat? And how should I eat? The answers to these questions too are very simple: Eat food. Mostly Plants. Not too much. In each part of the book, Michael Pollan has given simple rules to follow to make sure you eat healthy food, and not food-like substances. Yes, he calls all the science-generated food as food-like substances and refuses to acknowledge them as food. His motive is to take food back to its original intention: to get energy, to fulfil your taste necessity and give happiness by satisfying taste buds.
To write Food Rules, Michael Pollan asked his readers to send him the top food rule that they follow in their personal lives. According to him, many “rules” were sent by his readers, but he chose the true and logical ones. And he says all of them are based on traditional knowledge about food and not based on science. Buy the book, read and remember the rules, and go for food. You will stay healthy.