Michael Pollan wants your food stories

Michael Pollan: hunting for healthy eating ideas.

“The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.” “Stop before you’re full.” “Don’t buy cereals that change the color of the milk.” These are just some of the many tips that Berkeley author Michael Pollan included in his compact book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, which contained 64 rules for eating well.

Now Pollan is writing an expanded edition of the book because, he says, he has received a number of excellent new ideas. Along with additional words of wisdom, the book will be illustrated by the painter Maira Kalman, whose work you may have come across on the New York Times website or at the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum exhibition last year.

Pollan also has call-out for ideas and is reaching out to the community asking them to contribute their own favorite food rules. If you have a rule you would like to share, visit the Democracy in Action page of Slow Food USA and submit your wise counsel. The deadline is February 27.

As you may remember, Pollan’s own mantra with regard to eating healthily couldn’t be simpler: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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  • Phyllis Brooks Schafer

    For the disposal of refrigerator contents: “when in doubt, throw it out.” (Or preferably, put it in the compost bin, unless it has fused with the plastic container.)

  • margo hackett

    Am I the only person around here that is tired of being told what to eat and what not to eat. I loved Mr. Pollan’s “A Place of my Own” and “Botany of Desire.”

    But my concern is to insure Berkeley’s children and their families have enough to eat. Every day. Here where we live. Start small and close to home. Just like the food revolution.

    Food for people who are hungry. A program that is consistent and works. If anyone could accomplish this it would be Michael Pollan.

    Perhaps he already is involved. If so, I would like to help. I am sure there are many of us who would. Tell us where to go.

  • Jules

    Margo, I agree with you – I am sick and tired of the sanctimoniousness surrounding food here. This holier/healthier/more ethical-than-thou attitude problem half of Berkeley seems to have is deeply irritating and ignores the very real problem of hunger in the Bay Area.

    The Treasure Box is a practical project going on to help people stretch their dollars and put enough food on the table:
    http://www.thetreasurebox.org/
    And even better, they won’t treat you like dirt if you don’t buy into organic.

  • scrofa

    Omnivore’s Dilemma inspired me to take up pig hunting, in fact I shot four of them this weekend. Wild pigs are like oxalis on four legs, incredibly invasive non-native species – but a whole lot tastier. My contribution to the problem? Proscuitti hanging in my basement.

  • Chris Juricich

    Ahhh…BOikley! A famous guy writes about how to eat more healthily and people still segue away from it and raise their own issues. Nothing wrong with Pollan’s stance. Nothing wrong with Margo’s concern.

    Margo, yes–you’re the only one. :-)