Michael Pollan’s New Food Rules


The New York Times Magazine‘s food issue is coming out this weekend, but some of the content is online now, like the cover story on Jamie Oliver’s project to make fat Americans slim down. Then Michael Pollan weighs in, as he is wont to do, with some new rules on how to eat. But these aren’t actually his mandates–they’re the result of a post on the Times’ Well blog, soliciting readers’ rules to eat by. Pollan picked his 20 favorites, and among them are these:

Don’t eat egg salad from a vending machine.

You don’t get fat on food you pray over. [Of dubious veracity.]

Never eat something that is pretending to be something else.

Don’t “yuck” somebody’s “yum.”

Take your lunch to work.

Don’t eat anything you aren’t willing to kill yourself.

Fair enough. But we’re crossing our fingers that the magazine will also include a few tidbits about, oh, the joys of food.