My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
Journalist Michael Pollan has written three books on food. His newest (published in paperback in December 2009) is called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”. It’s a list of guidelines about food – real food, how to identify it and know what is not food, but what Pollan calls “edible food-like substances”?
How conscious are you about what you’re putting in your mouth? What ideas do you have about what’s good for you and what’s not? Where do those ideas come from? “The French paradox is that they have better heart health than we do despite being a cheese-eating, wine-swilling, fois-gras-gobbling people,” Pollan has said. “The American paradox is we are a people who worry unreasonably about dietary health yet have the worst diet in the world.”
“The Masai subsist on cattle blood and meat and milk and little else. Native Americans subsist on beans and maize. And the Inuit in Greenland subsist on whale blubber and a little bit of lichen,” he said. “The irony is, the one diet we have invented for ourselves — the Western diet — is the one that makes us sick.”
Pollan says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Pollan’s rules include these seven gems:
Here’s an engaging video of a talk he gave recently in San Francisco about the book. I started watching casually but was soon paying close attention. The video’s hosted on an excellent website that has lots of other fascinating videos www.fora.tv
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual