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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

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42 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

no quality control for ebook!

The book itself is probably fine, but the ebook version has not been formatted properly. Spaces appear randomly in the middle of words, and other words run together. Penguin Books apparently doesn't believe in quality control.

posted by Tev on January 18, 2010

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Pocket Guide Not A Book

Food Rules is not a book so much as a pocket guide. For the life of me I don't believe anyone would seriously tuck it into their pocket as a reference while food shopping. Within it's covers is 64 "rules" that Pollan offeres up to help people discern real food from, as ...
Food Rules is not a book so much as a pocket guide. For the life of me I don't believe anyone would seriously tuck it into their pocket as a reference while food shopping. Within it's covers is 64 "rules" that Pollan offeres up to help people discern real food from, as he calls them, edible foodlike substinces. They are not rules so much as personal policies or guideline to keep in mind before you put food in you mouth.
I'm sure that this book will be of great benefit to many... (show more)

Food Rules is not a book so much as a pocket guide. For the life of me I don't believe anyone would seriously tuck it into their pocket as a reference while food shopping. Within it's covers is 64 "rules" that Pollan offeres up to help people discern real food from, as he calls them, edible foodlike substinces. They are not rules so much as personal policies or guideline to keep in mind before you put food in you mouth.
I'm sure that this book will be of great benefit to many people. Unfortunatly if you arewell versed in Michael Pollan's previous works, particularly In Defence of Food and The Omnivore's Dilema, you will find this a boring regurgitation of that material. Nothing new for the students of Pollan I'm afraid to say. Also having watched most interviews with Pollan on YouTube regarding the release of this book, you find that somewhere in the order of 75% of the material had been discussed already.
This is most likely useful for those who are unfamiliar with Michael Pollan's previous work.

posted by NJMetal on April 13, 2010

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    no quality control for ebook!

    The book itself is probably fine, but the ebook version has not been formatted properly. Spaces appear randomly in the middle of words, and other words run together. Penguin Books apparently doesn't believe in quality control.

    42 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Great book, terrible ebook

    Well, I bought this ebook to have on my nook. It downloaded properly into my B&N library, but won't even open in the nook. Tried over several days, let battery drain, archived/unarchived it, rebooted nook, and downloaded it a couple of times. Bummer. 5 dollar training seminar on which publishers to be wary of.

    37 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Very Simple and Easy to Remember

    I'm a huge advocate for home cooking and eating real food (as in not processed food). We've all heard that Americans eat too much fat, salt and sugar...but that is what corporate America sells to us, and that is what we buy. Processed food (corporate made food) is cheap and easy to get, but it's making us sick! Each of us is responsible for what we allow into our bodies, but unless we are educated, how can we know what is right for us? This book really breaks it down into the lowest common denominator. Anyone with just a little time can read this book and come away with some useful ideas to get back on track. Easy to understand and good.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    Pretty interesting guide for food

    It is a nice quick read with some helpful tips on what to eat and how to buy food. I don't think everyone can live by every single rule, but alot of them make sense and are pretty common sense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Madi

    Ill have a salad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Great book!

    I'm a nutrition major and I thought these rules were great and very helpful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Great

    Great, informative read.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Great, succinct summary of Pollan's views

    I've enjoyed most all of Pollan's books, but this is a great starting point.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Michael Pollan Rules!

    This book was a straight-forward quick-reading primer on how to eat healthily, sustainably and how to make your food dollars 'vote' for you. Some of the 'rules' are things our grandmothers told us, and some were created with more modern 'foodlike substances' in mind. I am looking forward to reading some of his other books in the near future. I definitely recommend this book!

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