Illustrated Food Rules

Have you heard?!

Michael Pollan has a new illustrated edition of Food Rules out, with beautiful drawings by Maira Kalman (whose "And the Pursuit of Happiness" blog at The New York Times was just stunning and sometimes made me cry.)

If you thought his Food Rules couldn't get any better, just wait until you see Kalman's drawings, which are rich and beautiful. Like this one for the rule "If You’re Not Hungry Enough to Eat an Apple, Then You’re Probably Not Hungry."

See Kalman hilariously narrate some of her drawings here (like the comment "I wasn't as pure as I thought I should be [when Pollan asked her to illustrate the book], and I told Michael that cheese doodles play an important part in our family history. He forgave me for that."):

And Pollan was also on the Colbert Report last week, talking about this little slip of a book:

Some of my own favorite Food Rules, you ask?  Well, here are my Top Ten, with the numbers from the original Food Rules:

Dining and Opining's Top Ten Pollanian Food Rules
  • #3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
  • #6. Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients.
  • #8. Avoid food products that make health claims.
  • #11. Avoid foods you see advertised on television.
  • #16. Buy your snacks [and as much of your other food as possible, he might add] at the farmers' market.
  • #19. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't.
  • #27. Eat animals that have themselves eaten well. [If you're going to eat animals at all, that is; also can be rephrased as "You Are What 'What You Eat' Eats"].
  • #39. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.
  • #50. The banquet is in the first bite.
  • #60. Treat treats as treats.
  • #63. Cook.

Anyone have some favorites to add? I'd love to hear 'em...

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