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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Marissa Landrigan, January 30, 2012

I love this book. I loved the idea behind the original version of the book. After writing The Omnivore’s Dilemma, in which Pollan details the central problem of the Western industrialized diet as the distance between eaters and their food, he realized that many people here have lost their way when it comes to food. No longer do we have backyard gardens and Grandma’s secret recipes �" we instead have Kraft and Tyson and Atkins and television spots. People wanted guidance for how to “eat right.”

The new edition of the book is broken up into three sections around those three tenants, with all the original rules detailed in gorgeous illustration by Maira Kalman, and supplemented by reader-produced rules. Some of my favorites:

Get out of the supermarket whenever you can.
Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.
Have a glass of wine with dinner (yes, that’s a real rule!)
Avoid foods you see advertised on television

What I like about all these rules (and many, many others) is that, in addition to spending time detailing good nutritional practice, Pollan and his readers in this edition, spend time detailing good food behaviors. Where to shop. How to cook. What (and whom) to be suspicious of and avoid.
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The Wilding by Benjamin Percy
The Wilding

Marissa Landrigan, January 2, 2011

A remarkable first novel from one of my favorite-ever short story writers. Complete, well-rounded, compelling in emotional depth and a larger cultural drama.
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