Michael Pollan: hunting for healthy eating ideas.

“The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.” “Stop before you’re full.” “Don’t buy cereals that change the color of the milk.” These are just some of the many tips that Berkeley author Michael Pollan included in his compact book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, which contained 64 rules for eating well.

Now Pollan is writing an expanded edition of the book because, he says, he has received a number of excellent new ideas. Along with additional words of wisdom, the book will be illustrated by the painter Maira Kalman, whose work you may have come across on the New York Times website or at the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum exhibition last year.

Pollan also has call-out for ideas and is reaching out to the community asking them to contribute their own favorite food rules. If you have a rule you would like to share, visit the Democracy in Action page of Slow Food USA and submit your wise counsel. The deadline is February 27.

As you may remember, Pollan’s own mantra with regard to eating healthily couldn’t be simpler: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...