Food Rules: An Eater's Manual — by Michael Pollen with Illustrations by Maira Kalman

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Pollan has one-upped his own brilliance by inviting artist Maira Kalman to collaborate on a new edition of Food Rules, a move that has transformed his already super important slender manifesto into something wholly unexpected. If Food Rules #1 was broccoli, Food Rules2.0 is a ripe strawberry, smile-inducing and inspired."

— Allison Arieff, The Atlantic

"In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, by Michael Pollan."

— Jane Brody, The New York Times 

Michael Pollan‘s Food Rules: An Eater's Manual began with his hunch that the wisdom of our grandparents might have more helpful things to say about how to eat well than the recommendations of science or industry or government. The result was a slim volume of food wisdom that has forever changed how we think about food.

Now in a new edition that is brilliantly illustrated by artist Maira Kalman and expanded with a new introduction and nineteen additional food rules, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual marks an advance in the national dialogue that the original Food Rules inspired.

The impetus for this new edition came from readers as many chimed in with personal policies they had found useful in navigating the supermarket, or rules they recalled hearing from their mothers and grandmothers.

Several of the new rules – Place a bouquet of flowers on the table and everything will taste twice as good; If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re probably not hungry; When you eat real food, you don’t need rules – underscore the central teaching of the original Food Rules, which is that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated, and food is as much about pleasure and communion as it is about nutrition and health.

Maira Kalman illustrates that simple truth with her paintings, bringing color, life and wit to Pollan’s philosophy. Food Rules: An Eater's Manual has prompted a national discussion helping to change the way Americans approach eating.


  • Condition: New
  • Format: Hardback
  • Published: October 29, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Press; Updated, Illustrated edition
  • ISBN-10: 1594203083
  • ISBN-13: 9781594203084
  • Pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 5.3" H x 0.6" D x 7.8" W
  • Rating:★★★★1/2  


    Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers.

    A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

    Maira Kalman is an illustrator, author, and designer. She has created many covers for The New Yorker, including the famous map of Newyorkistan (created with Rick Meyerowitz). Ms. Kalman's twelve children's books include Max Makes a Million, Stay Up Late, Swami on Rye, and What Pete Ate.

    She also has designed fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, sets for the Mark Morris Dance Company, and, with her late husband Tibor Kalman under the M&Co. label, clocks, umbrellas, and other accessories for the Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Kalman's work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.