I put Hello Kitty aside and opened the wrapped gift.
It was Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, written by Michael Pollan and illustrated by my creative heroine Maira Kalman.
Hooray! I had been ogling and leafing through this book every time I walked though the local book store.
Now, I had a copy of my very own.
First of all, Maira's illustrations are pure magic - whimsical with rich, vibrant colors. They stand alone.
Pollan's Rules are mostly ones I have heard of before, but I still loved looking at them accompanied by Maira's pictures. Examples include:
- It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
- Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.
- Do all your eating at a table.
- Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
Now, Food Rules sits next to my computer so that I can continue to think about what it means to eat mindfully while enjoying life to its fullest.
Food Rules is the gift that keeps on giving.