Friday, November 5, 2010

Food Rules Friday

Michael Pollan is an acclaimed author and whole food/heathy eating advocate. He is the author of the best selling "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivore's Dillemma."

Rule #21: "It's not food if it's called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles.)" 

Personally, I can think of exceptions.  Pasta.  Sushi.  I'm sure there are others, but I'm not going to nit-pick him.  It seems clear to me that Pollan's trying to convey a message about mass-produced "foods," typically American, that appear everywhere in the world.  They keep the same names because they are brand names. Things that are made in big factories receive brand names.


Anne said...

Actually, Vern, sushi can be just as fat and calorie-dense as Pringles and other junk food, depending on what you order. Not to mention from a green perspective, it's responsible for a lot of our fish disappearing from the oceans. I've cut way back on my sushi consumption since watching The Cove and reading Tuna's End in the NY Times.

(And I love Pollan's books!)

Vern said...

Anne, since going vegetarian, I haven't been eating fish, so sushi hasn't been on my menu anyway.

I haven't read Tuna's end, but I hear a lot about species depletion from overfishing. Like you, I was sickened by the dolphin slaughter in The Cove. I've also been watching the the "Whale Wars" series on Animal Planet and think whaling is an outrage.