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Common Sense Kitchen Wisdom (video)

How many food rules do you break? Don’t know what the food rules are? Here’s one I’m guilty of from Michael Pollan’s latest version of his book, Food Rules:

“Do all your eating at a table. No, a desk is not a table.”

Pollan has added 19 new rules in his latest book. My husband says his grandmother could have written this book, because she always told him:

“If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re probably not hungry.” Pollan goes on to even say, “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”

Pollan is a champion of common sense kitchen wisdom. He advocates for access to real clean food for all. He hates highly-processed food, which you’ll see in the comedy skit with Stephen Colbert below. Pollan’s most famous food rule:

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Pollan’s book has been brought to life by the fabulous illustrations of one of my favorite artists, Maira Kalman. You can read about how that  collaboration came about in this interview with Civil Eats. When asked during the interview whether or not Pollan feels interest in the food movement has peaked in our popular culture, he expanded upon why he keeps pushing food:

“I do feel a sense of urgency to keep writing about food. We’re just beginning to see the impact of our food choices on health care and insurance costs—obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are soaring—and we need to keep the pressure on the government and corporations for change.”

Food issues can be complicated, and the act of eating is part pleasure, part communion, with a hefty dose of nutrition and health. As Pollan says to those who want to know if they need food rules:

“When you eat real food, you don’t need rules.” Do you follow any food rules?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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5:47AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thank you Ronnie, for Sharing this!

8:01PM PST on Nov 28, 2011


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9:58PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

LOVE Colbert!! Brilliant interview with the equally brilliant Michael Pollan. Just common sense stuff, folks!

4:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

May be a way to get through to people who don't think about the food they eat.

10:17AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

On the topic of Kitchen Wisdom, here are some tips to feel more confidant while cooking:

9:26AM PST on Nov 16, 2011


4:05PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Brilliant. I have been a vegetarian for many years. I love a long, slow supper with family. It is physically and spiritually rewarding.

2:21PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

If I had to wait until I was hungry enough I'd eat an apple, I'd starve to death. They're probably my least favorite fruit, even after cranberries.

11:56AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

thank you for sharing this

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