Eat It If

Earlier today, I thought I’d write the world’s shortest book on the topic of eating. It took about twenty minutes and came in just under one hundred words.

Then I remembered that Michael Pollan wrote the definitive book on the same topic using only seven words.

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

I concede that Mr. Pollan’s version is better than mine but I’ll still share what I wrote.

Eat it:

-if it has a peak of freshness.

-If your grandmother knew what it was or how to cook it.

-if it can be the subject of a still life painting.

-if someone you love made it for you.

Don’t eat it:

-If the list of ingredients contains more than one item.

-If something on the label came from a lab.

-If you can’t leave it on the counter overnight.

-if the smell isn’t appealing.


If you see fresh produce sold on the sidewalk in Italy, buy something and eat it immediately.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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