You Can Rent Michael Pollan’s House for $6,500 a Month This Fall

updated Jun 5, 2019
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Attention food-science buffs: James Beard Award-winning author Michael Pollan’s house is available to rent in Berkeley, California for $6,500 per month from August to December 30. And if you appreciate farming, gardening, and eating plants (which you probably do if you’re a fan of Pollan’s) there’s extra incentive to move in: There’s a small vegetable patch in the backyard, which tenants are welcome to take full advantage of.  

You’ll probably love this house if you’re trying to soak up the creative spirit. The listing notes that “great success and creativity has been achieved here.” The living room is of course filled with books and the beautiful wood-paneled kitchen is big enough to cook elaborate meals in every night. In the garden, you’ll also find a dining table and fire pit perfect for entertaining and cookouts.

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The 3,140 square foot property also boasts four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Food-lovers will love the area too: According to, the house is close to legendary restaurant Chez Panisse and Cheese Board bakery.

Pollan is the best-selling author of books about food, eating, science, and nature, including The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Cooked (which also features Samin Nosrat, whom Pollen claims taught him how to cook.)

In his book Food Rules, he lays out his theory on the ideal diet, with his 64 rules for eating. Pollan believes that fruits and vegetables can be rightly called food, while junk food like Twinkies cannot. He also recommends shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store, and never eating anything that won’t eventually rot.

Pollan — while a strong advocate for eating more greens — has also argued that the purpose of eating shouldn’t just be to maintain our health but also to inspire pleasure and fellowship. In fact, his motto, words which we could all probably stand to hear more often, is: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”