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I can't tell you how excited I was to see the book I'm sharing with you today show up in my mailbox this week. I opened the envelope and sat right down to read the book. Well, actually, to savor the illustrations.
I've been a fan of Michael Pollan's since he wrote The Botany of Desire (2001), and I've been of fan of Maira Kalman's for almost as long. When I heard the two were joining forces to create an updated and illustrated edition of Pollan's Food Rules, I knew I had to own the book.
I haven't written about Pollan here because I absorbed his philosophy in the days before I was blogging. But I raved about Maira Kalman's And the Pursuit of Happiness in a post I wrote last fall.
So what are Pollan's rules and why should you care? Most of you probably know that Pollan has a very simple attitude toward food and good, healthful eating:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.The 83 rules he presents in this new edition of Food Rules are simply ideas, suggestions, or triggers to help you embrace those three sentences. He didn't make up all the rules--some are common sayings, some were solicited from his readers, for example--and he freely admits that many are overlapping. And, in fact, that's the point. His goal is to "simplify your eating life" and he encourages you to "adopt whichever [rules] stick and work best for you."
I like Pollan's rules and have been following them myself for most of my life. Some I picked up years ago:
Rule 13: Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.Others fit my own philosophy, although I hadn't distilled them to a snappy sentence:
Rule 57: If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you're probably not hungry.When Food Rules first came out, I looked through it at the library and added it to my list of recommended titles to use when friends asked me to help them revamp their eating habits. But when Maira Kalman came onboard, Food Rules became a book I had to own, and I've now added it to my list of great gift ideas.
You won't find 83 illustrations in this short book, but you'll find many and they're all beautiful. Food Rules is printed on glossy, thick paper that makes the paintings pop. The two scans I'm sharing here do not come close to beauty of the book in hand, but they'll help you see why I love Kalman's work. Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them.
May your tables always be laden with good, real, healthful food.
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