Query

noun –  an inquiry from a writer to an editor of a magazine, newspaper, etc., regarding the acceptability of or interest in an idea for an article, news story, or the like: usually presented in the form of a letter that outlines or describes the projected piece.

If you’re a writer, that’s the first step in getting a book deal. It took me two years to take that first step.

Thanks to all who participated in the polling, positive results were the only results so that’s encouraging. Good friend and colleague Helen Yoest suggested I do a market study and I may be contacting some of you via personal email for a more detailed response.

Moving on…

Food Rules” a little pocket manual by Michael Pollan, came in the mail the other day. There’s basically three rules:

  1. Eat food
  2. Mostly plants
  3. Not too much

Sounds simple enough. Pollan bases his rule-making reasoning on two facts he brings to our attention:

Fact One: The Western Diet Is Bad.

Fact Two: Traditional Diets Are Good.

From those three major rules, Pollan extracts 64 “food rules” that will help us break our addiction to processed foods (The Western Diet). I really like Rule #19:

If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.

Some rules really aren’t made to be broken, the above would be one of them.

*Let it be known that I purchased “Food Rules” online and Mr. Pollan had nothing to do with this blog post.

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10 Comments

  1. Hi TC, good luck and keep on trying! That food book looks great. We have made a conscious effort to avoid the center aisles at the grocer’s, but have to say it is much easier to do when feeding just my husband and me than it was with four kids to feed three meals a day. We still made our own stuff, because back then it was cheaper to do so. Now, the opposite is true, the packaged stuff is way cheaper, and always has coupons for it too. Sad but true. It costs more to eat healthy, especially if you choose organic produce. We do plan to buy more at the local farmers market this year, hope it can stay afloat, and we will do our part to help it do so.
    Frances

    1. I’m keepin on keepin on Ms. Frances!

      We try to avoid processed foods too, but as you said, it really does cost more to eat healthy. That’s a big reason why we always grow a pretty good crop of vegetables. We also visit local farmers markets to find things we don’t grow.

  2. I’ve heard that raw foods are the best. Have you ever tried eating raw collard greens, though? You might want to consider putting a few recipes that use fresh garden produce in your book. People tend to eat those kinds of books up. We consumers have been trained to think in terms of food.

  3. Pollan’s writing is intelligent and thought-provoking. It makes sense to eat much more plant-based foods.

    Re: the query…it’s so hard to put yourself on the line like that. If writing were easy everyone would do it. 🙂

    1. Hi Ms. JulenaJo, and thank for stoppin by and commenting. I’m always appreciative of folks sayin a few words, especially new visitors.

      I thought everyone was doing it. I just Googled “blog” and got 847,000,000 hits.

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