Author Michael Pollan Looking For More Food Rules

November 21st, 2010 by Stacey Blaschke

Food and wisdom have gone hand in hand in many cultures, for as far back as people can remember. It seems like in recent history though these pearls of wisdom have been getting lost. Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma and most recent Food Rules is asking people to send him more of your favorite food rules that are healthy and healthful.

From his first book rules included:

Rule 1: Eat food.

Rule 2: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

Rule 7: Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.

Rule 11: Avoid foods you see advertised on television.

For his next book Michael is looking to expand on his rules and is looking for input from you.

“Many rules reach across cultures and also time, but some of the ones readers have submitted are specifically about navigating the modern food landscape: “It’s not food if it comes to you through the window of a car.” “Don’t eat at any restaurant of which there is more than just one.” “A snack is not the same thing as treat.” “If a bug won’t eat it, why would you?” and so on.

Will you send me a food rule you have found memorable and useful? Perhaps one passed down by your parents or grandparents? Or something you’ve come up with to tell your children – or your self?

Please send your suggestions to

I will include the best ones in the next edition of Food Rules, which will be published next fall and will be pleased to acknowledge your contribution if you so wish.

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