#1 New York Times Bestseller 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 bestselling author Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, 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 newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education--was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.
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Before you begin reading, watch an interview with the author, Michael Pollan. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following questions best captures Pollan's central (or main) idea?
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For a summary of this book from Pollan's website, click on the link below. While on the website, check out Pollan's other works (including The Omnivore's Dilemma, a national bestseller). (This annotation contains a link)
The author chose to write this book in a(n) _______________ style to match his intended purpose.
What does Pollan mean by "foodlike?"
What does Pollan expect his readers to do after reading this book?
The picture below helps summarize this first rule. Why do people eat "edible foodlike substances?" (This annotation contains an image)
Pollan believes as human beings we are naturally drawn to all of the following EXCEPT
Below is a nutritional label from a ready-to-heat pizza. Look closely at the ingredients. Would Pollan label this "food" or "foodlike" and why? (This annotation contains an image)
What is one benefit of avoiding products containing high-fructose corn syrup?
Notice all of these different forms of sugar. Is one better than another?
Pollan suggests that products with more than five ingredients are most likely
This rule is most similar to which other rule in this section?
Healthy food often appears in grocery stores without packaging. Think about the vegetable aisle in your grocery store (see photo below). There are no labels on these vegetables because they are fresh. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature and read the definitions for wordoid. Which of the following words most closely matches the meaning of wordoid?
As you read this rule, think back to the interview you watched with Michael Pollan.
When you watch television, what food products do you see advertised the most?
Look at this sample map for a grocery store below (it's cleverly called "the grocery maze"). (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following quotes best represents the stated central idea of this rule?
Go ahead and try Pollan's advice. Pick one of the items he mentions or a different one and imagine what the item looks like raw or out in the field. Does that picture in your head look natural? (It shouldn't.)
How does buying food at a farmers' market support Rule 2?
Why does the author most likely use the word immortality in this sentence?
See a picture below of a woman wearing a surgical cap. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following words best matches the second use of plant in this sentence?
Paraphrase this rule (put it into your own words).
Quiz Part 1
Coca-Cola created a very moving and patriotic commercial for the Super Bowl in 2014. It features diverse cultures in the United States. How would Pollan most likely respond to the video (keeping in mind the rules in this section)?
Watch the Coca-Cola commercial below. Then answer the question. (This annotation contains a video)
PART II - What kind of food should I eat?
What is the purpose of this section?
According to this rule, why are vegetarians healthier than meat-eaters?
Why does Pollan make the distinction between "mostly" and "only?"
Which of the following statements is true?
Read the infographic below. (This annotation contains an image)
What should humans and animals both be eating?
Notice that this rule is not only helpful to your health, but also your budget. Read this short article from Time about the cost of eating healthy. (This annotation contains a link)
All of the following are characteristics of organic food EXCEPT
Below is a picture of purslane. (This annotation contains an image)
See the picture below of lamb's quarters. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Pollan include the Dutch proverb in this rule?
Kimchi is a fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables and seasonings. Watch this short video below. (This annotation contains a video)
This rule also supports which of the following previous rules?
Think about it: what's in cereal that would make it turn white milk a different color? See photo below. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following details best supports Pollan's claim "The whiter the bread, the sooner you'll be dead"?
Below is a picture of an old grindstone. Can you think of any past cultures that would grind grains like this (particularly women)? (This annotation contains an image)
Pollan's overall approach can best be characterized as
Read this article from TeensHealth about vitamins and minerals healthy teens need. (This annotation contains a link)
In this rule, Pollan issues which warning?
Throughout this book, Pollan instructs his readers to be careful of what food scientists "dream up" or "discover." All of their products might not be bad, but Pollan believes that healthy food stands the test of time (this is different than immortal food that exists for a long time).
Quiz Part 2
Summarize this rule in a sentence or two.
Gluttony means excess in eating. Do you think Americans are guilty of gluttony? Why or why not?
Pollan supports his rule by including examples from all of the following Eastern countries EXCEPT
Can you make a connection to a character in a book or movie who uses food as a coping mechanism? What does this character eat and why?
Which of Pollan's facts proves the validity of this saying?
The finest restaurants understand this principle leaving ample time between courses. Read this interesting character piece about a man in New York City that savors his dining experience. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following examples illustrates a similar idea?
Watch this clip from the delectable movie Chocolat. In this film, Vianne understands Pollan's practice and wants people to savor her creations. (This annotation contains a video)
Where does Pollan intend for people to use this rule?
Use this chart as a helpful guideline. (This annotation contains an image)
In this rule, Pollan admits that researchers do not completely agree. What are the two sides he presents? Does he agree with one over the other? Give specific references to the text in your answer.
Where do you consume most of your meals? Are they really meals or are they eating occasions?
Use the Define feature and read the definitions for taboo. As it is used in the sentence, taboo means
Gas stations were referred to in the earlier section with the middle aisles of the grocery store. Do you see any "food" in the photograph below? (This annotation contains an image)
What other two rules go along with this rule?
This idea has come up quite a bit, particularly regarding French food habits.
Explain one piece of advice Pollan gives to uphold this rule.
In this saying, waste and waist are homophones (also called heterographs--two words with the same pronunciation, but different spelling and meaning).
Pollan cites all of the following benefits for growing your own garden EXCEPT
Why is it important to cook your own food?
Watch this video interview with Michael Pollan. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz Part 3
Why did Pollan most likely end his book with Rule 64?