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Food guru Michael Pollan on his new handbook for wise eating.

(Photo: Ken Light)
(Photo: Ken Light)

Food guru Michael Pollan has led a generation of Americans to a new understanding of food and the food industry.

In "The Omnivore’s Dilemma," "Food Inc.," and much more, Pollen has laid out the case that a matrix of bad industrial food options is killing Americans — and that the matrix can be escaped.

Now he’s boiled his food wisdom into a simple manual of very simple guidelines. The simplest is just seven words: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”

This hour, On Point: Michael Pollen on food rules for a better life.

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Michael Pollan, bestselling author and two-time winner of the James Beard Award. His new book is "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual." A frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, his previous books include "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

You can read the introduction to "Food Rules" at the publisher's website.

**Check out more of On Point's food coverage:

Mark Bittman on Intelligent Eating; Anthony Bourdain on “Medium Raw”; Gourmet’s Ruth Reichl: “Not Becoming My Mother”; Food Critic Frank Bruni Talks “Born Round”; Sweet Lightning: Extreme Chocolate.

This program aired on January 19, 2010.