Book Review: Food Rules

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Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is a pocket-sized manual on effective eating.

Here’s the paperback and audiobook.

Utility: ⭐⭐ (2/5)

Writing: ⭐⭐⭐ (3/5)

Quite a useful guide that confirms a lot of what my mother says. Certainly worth the time investment!


  1. The Western diet is the root of our poor health, and it manifests as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Traditional diets the world over, some high-fat, some high-carbs, all manage to do better.
  2. Avoid processed foods, particularly ones that rely on sugar and advertising.
  3. Eat a variety of plants. Eat meat sparingly (only grass-fed (except fish!)).
  4. Vitamin supplements don’t help.
  5. Enjoy naturally caffeinated drinks.
  6. Enjoy a glass of wine with dinner.
  7. Eat less - eat slowly from a smaller plate with others around you.