07 January 2008

Eat Like A Human.

Heard Michael Pollan interviewed the other day on NPR (which with great gratitude I note that I almost never hear any more). He has written In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and made a good deal of sense. Here are his 12 Commandments for good eating:

1. "Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." Hard to argue with that. I don't think my grandmother would have recognized porcini mushroom foam as food, though.

2. "Avoid foods containing ingredients you can't pronounce." Hey, what about bouquet garni?

3. "Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot."

4. "Avoid food products that carry health claims."

5. "Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle."

6. "Better yet, buy food somewhere else: the farmers' market or CSA."

7. "Pay more, eat less."

8. "Eat a wide variety of species."

9. "Eat food from animals that eat grass."

10. "Cook, and if you can, grow some of your own food."

11. "Eat meals and eat them only at tables."

12. "Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure."

Some discussion here. Pollan's website is here.


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