Brilliant , much needed book by Michael Pollan. While he has written this book based on food habits of Americans it is (sadly) true and relevant for urban inhabitants in many parts of the world.
Besides the food wisdom in the book I love the design and style of the content . Simple , easy and quick to read . The style of writing may ensure that the book is widely read and many of the ideas are adopted by readers.
Some of the food rules…
- “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
- “Don’t eat anything* with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.” (* processed food)
- “Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.”
-”Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself”
-”It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language (think Big Mac , Pringles..)”
It’s amazing to see the cocktail of ailments many folks bring upon themselves due to poor eating habits . There seems to be a generation of children who are being raised with irregular food habits and ‘industrial novelties’ aka processed foods. As my grandmom used to say ‘it’s better to pay money to the grocer than to the doctor’ (a point of view endorsed in the book as well).
Read the book . More importantly recreate your relationship with food .