A few years back I borrowed a book from my local library called 'Food Rules' written by Michael Pollan. Michael is described by some as an author activist, which for a job title sounds pretty cool to me. I am all for simplicity so 'Food Rules' appealed to my way of thinking. In particular, I loved the rule 'don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognise as food'. He also suggests we 'don't get our fuel from the same place as our car', which seems pretty sensible advice when you consider the type of food available from petrol stations. Recently I have been following the 'get out of the supermarket whenever possible' rule but I score a big fail on 'do all your eating at a table'. Certainly not at home but at work bolting down lunch at my desk has become a habit that I need to break. If you have not yet had the opportunity to read this book and fancy a common-sense, humorous and thought provoking read you could do worse than Food Rules.
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Hi, I think we need to change our attitudes towards food, I eat very little processed foods, I feel a lot healthier for it! Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the mention! Ada :)ReplyDelete
I can't say I am perfect as I do love my sweeties but as with all things try hard to maintain a balance.Delete
You might be interested in reading Tyler Cowen's An Economist Gets Lunch. It's mostly about US cuisine but it's a fascinating read.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the recommendation, I will keep a look out for it.Delete
Supermarkets are I think a necessary evil, however I have been using my local farm shops more often lately. I find this happens when the weather grows cooler. I use supermarkets to stock up on basics & then use the farm shops for local meat & veg etc.ReplyDelete
I agree entirely but not to the exclusion of other shops which I think as a society we have slept walked into. Also shopping locally in driving rain does make you realise why we all prefer the relative warmth of the supermarket.Delete
Am a thinking that is pretty much a good idea, not to eat any thing our great Grannies wouldn't have eaten!
A strict rule, but I can see the logic, I may hunt out the book, so thanks for that.
I always try and cook from scratch as much as possible now, I have a little more time ..
Hope the sun is shining on your Sunday!
Love maria x
I did reflect on the longevity of that rule when it comes a time when your great grandmother was young in the seventies. I remember the products available then, pretty scary really.Delete
Sounds like an interesting book. I'm currently cooking/baking my way through Lorraine Pascale's latest book, it's so much more fun to cook from scratch!ReplyDelete
It is also good to be able to recognise the ingredients without recourse to a Chemistry degree!Delete
Hi just found your lovely blog. I like the sound of that book, some good rules makes you stop and think.ReplyDelete
Welcome. I agree we all need a few rules to curb the implusivity sometimes.Delete
I think if our great-gran's saw what is called food nowadays they'd be horrified. I've always loved cooking so make most of my own food from scratch - always have - so we eat quite well (healthily). I am bemused by the stuff I see people putting into their shopping trolleys.ReplyDelete
I know what you mean, it is interesting to have a good nosey in the check-out queue.Delete
I like to cook from scratch but sometimes I just don't have the time.ReplyDelete
I'm a new follower and I have just tagged you in a getting to know you sort of game. go to http://talesfromspringcottage.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/Tagged. Hope you enjoy
Thanks Carol. I will shortly publish my answers but also had a Liebster Award to respond to so I will need to do a bit of a combined response. Good to have you on board.Delete
Sounds like an interesting book. I never eat readymeals, which is good, but I do have a horrendous sweet tooth. Everything in moderation as they say. I'm lucky as my uncle is a farmer and often gives me lovely potatoes. I really missed them when I was a student in Edinburgh! He actually gave me some beetroot yesterday. Chutney and pickling time!ReplyDelete
I like you have an awful sweet tooth, but now try to keep it to home baked goods and not Haribo. Isn't fresh beetroot the best? We had some in our veg box last week and I made a lovely slaw with poppy seeds, black mustard seeds, lemon juice and olive oil it was devine.Delete