- Only put one meat on the pizza.
- Don’t eat anything that’s bigger than your head.
Pollan fielded a steady stream of questions from the 300-plus crowd, including a child who asked: “Can you eat healthily if you don’t have enough money?” You can, he replied, but you have to trade money for time, make smart food choices, and eat less meat. Sated, folks stood in line for up to 30 minutes to have Pollan autograph his book; he had a kind word and a smile for all comers.
(This reporter avoided the wait and did a mad dash around the farmers’ market instead. Well stocked with dinosaur kale, Napa cabbage, romaine lettuce, fennel, and blood oranges she nabbed a signature on a copy of Food Rules from the famed food writer as the event was winding up. She’ll share the bounty as a giveaway on her blog Lettuce Eat Kale this week.)
Pollan, who will make an appearance on Oprah on Wednesday, has a few of his own favorite rules:
#37 “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.”
#39 Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. (Think how much work it is to make French fries. Chances are, you won’t do it often.)
And last but by no means least:
#64 Break the rules once in a while. (Amen, brother, and pass the chocolate.)
While I can't speak to Howard Junker's mood, I can tell you that some folks feel that the kind of eating Michael Pollan, Alice Waters and others espouse (organic, sustainable, local etc.) can cost more than other food found in the supermarket.
As you correctly note, however, there are ways to eat well without breaking the budget.