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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times Best Seller

A definitive compendium of food wisdom

Eating doesn't have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. Written with clarity, concision, and wit that has become best-selling author Michael Pollan's trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, minute by minute, accompanied by a concise explanation. It's an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, "What should I eat?"

"In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible, and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, by Michael Pollan." (Jane Brody, The New York Times)

"The most sensible diet plan ever? We think it's the one that Michael Pollan outlined a few years ago: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." So we're happy that in his little new book, Food Rules, Pollan offers more common-sense rules for eating: 64 of them, in fact, all thought-provoking and some laugh-out-loud funny." (The Houston Chronicle)

"It doesn't get much easier than this. Each page has a simple rule, sometimes with a short explanation, sometimes without, that promotes Pollan's back-to-the-basics-of-food (and-food-enjoyment) philosophy." (The Los Angeles Times)

"A useful and funny purse-sized manual that could easily replace all the diet books on your bookshelf." (Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times)

Michael Pollan's most recent book on food, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation - the story of our most trusted food expert's culinary education - was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it served as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.

©2009 Michael Pollan (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, by Michael Pollan." (Jane Brody, The New York Times)

"The most sensible diet plan ever? We think it's the one that Michael Pollan outlined a few years ago: 'Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.' So we're happy that in his little new book, Food Rules, Pollan offers more common-sense rules for eating: 64 of them, in fact, all thought-provoking and some laugh-out-loud funny." (The Houston Chronicle)

"It doesn't get much easier than this. Each page has a simple rule, sometimes with a short explanation, sometimes without, that promotes Pollan's back-to-the-basics-of-food (and-food-enjoyment) philosophy." (The Los Angeles Times)

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Fine, but overlaps In Defence of Food

Contains good rules of thumb, but if you have read Michael Pollan's In Defence of Food this book does not add much more. If you have not read In Defence of Food I recommend it as you will get mostly the same rules plus an interesting history of nutritional science.

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Gets back to the basics!

A lot of these rules are what I would personally consider common sense, but also rules I tend to break DAILY.
it's great to hear them listed out, and I would recommend this to everyone I know. It's a quick listen clocking around and hour and twenty, well presented and a nice nutritional refresher! Scrap your fad diets and get back to the basics!

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Not recommended for ED survivors

I am a huge fan of Michael Pollan’s work, but find this book could be upsetting for folks who have battled Disordered eating in the past. The last third has some great tips regarding intuitive eating, but it’s framed in relation to weight loss vs repairing the overall relationship with food. Informative, but exercise caution.

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Short, quick and right to the point.

This book is a perfect neat list of rules for eating healthier. Most seem like common sense but common isn't so common any more.
If you've read any of his other book he explains these rules in a much more detailed format.
This one is great to listen to as a summary or refresher of his other books. love love it.
Also love that he did the audio for it.

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Thouroughly enjoyed - there were some giggles also

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author was also the narrator. I found it easier to focus on as he knows exactly where the inflections should be. Great read. Would recommend!

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  • 2020-09-14

Quick List of 64 Rules of Thumb for Better Eating

At just over an hour long, this fast and common-sense guide pointed a general direction toward better eating -in both the what, and how.

Such a short read obviously did not contain the subtlety of narration that made Pollan's other books so interesting. It was worth the hour and 20 mins it took to read, but to me not worth the Audible credit it cost.

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  • tokind
  • 2020-07-03

A tasteful treatise on uncommon sense

I live in the world and I am subject to the constant barrage of marketing surrounding the promotion of food and drugs. This story may not be profound, but it is nonetheless essential. This book helped my and my family and was well worth the time it took to understand.

I also grew up in a Betty Crocker household and Michael's story helped me understand what that is, why that is, and the potential consequences of living that way.

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  • Diana Sommer
  • 2020-05-20

Short and Sweat!

Loved every second of it! Appreciated the author narrated his own book. Easy to listen to.

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  • Krzysztof
  • 2020-05-02

disappointing book by Michael pollan

I really like this author and have read all of his books. however my very disappointed by surface treatment of nutrition and lack of innovation in this book. there's literally no novelty in any of these 64 laws and these are common sense. I don't think the author did any research for this book. seems like you put it together just to make a buck.

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  • Stephen Victor
  • 2021-10-18

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Kudos for FOOD RULES and Michael Pollan’s whose body of work my family and I have benefitted from and enjoyed for years. Thank you.

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  • Alexandrnya Schoeppl
  • 2021-05-12

A holistic guide to good eating

This is a fantastic guide to holistic good eating that gives you practical guidelines to eating well, and gets you excited about food, cooking, growing your own food and traditional methods and practices towards a long healthy life.

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  • Badbarticus
  • 2021-05-04

Simple truth

This book should be part of the western human curriculum. It provides practical advice that would be intuitive if the knowledge weren’t marketed out of us.

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  • Robert Lovelace
  • 2021-03-07

Food Rules Rule

This is the third book by Michael Pollan that I have listened to on Audible. He researches his topics well and narrates them with care and expression.
Food Rules gives one a plethora of practical eating wisdom.

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  • BeeSB
  • 2020-11-26

The rules. Now you can follow them.

The undisputed rules that all thinking minds can agree on, all spelled out. Bon appétit!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-13

very good and great book

I have read a lot of books about nutrition but no book has provided me with such great ideas and advices, by the way, Michael pollan is a great author and narrator