A good friend of mine, Kate Amos, moved to New York from Phoenix just a month after Zack and I did. Kate and I co-managed a local restaurant there and have always really bonded over cooking, hospitality, and restaurants - pretty much anything to do with food we are all about. In an attempt to make more friends who share these interests as new New Yorkers we stared "Penne for Your Thoughts", a food focused book club that meets monthly.
For our first book we chose Michael Pollan's Food Rules. A small group of us met at my home and shared some homemade snacks and treats prepared by Kate and myself as well as a charcuterie platter (my all time favorite snack). Keep an eye out for these recipes in the next week or so. The conversation was nice because although it wasn't all centered around the book, we did circle back to it many times as we talked about food, our good habits and bad ones, and what rules we agreed with or against.
Here are my top ten favorites, okay maybe thirteen. Lets be honest, if I could write out all the rules for you I would. I highly recommend this book.
1. "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
2. "Eat only foods that will eventually rot."
3. "Buy your snacks at the farmers market."
4. "Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food."
5. "Eat animals that have themselves eaten well."
6. "Eat well grown food from healthy soil."
7. "Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself."
8. "Eat more like the French."
9. "Have a glass of wine with dinner." (after the baby, of course!)
10. "Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored."
11. "Spend as much time enjoying a meal as it took to prepare it."
13. "Break the rules every once in a while."
All rules are taken from Michael Pollan's Food Rules.