Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Food primers

In my quest to read more and more about real food, there are a few books I want to share. The first is the comprehensive and exhausting Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon; a wealth of fascinating information on the origins of "real food". The book is based on the findings of Weston A. Price, and gives recipes for the diet.

Real Food is another book similar in nature to Nourishing Traditions, but is much more easier to read.

I am currently reading The Omnivore's Dilemma. This book was on the New York Times bestseller list for some time. It is easy to read, and perfect for a first time "real food wanna be". I am learning more than what I thought I knew about "organic" from reading this book. It is one of those books that will change the way you eat.

Are you reading books about food or the food industry? Please share your favorites, I'd love to hear.


Courtney said...

Hey Andrea,
I'll definitely check these books out! Thanks for sharing. It appears that we are on the same quest -- to provide the best nutrition (not to mention, best flavor) for our families! You may have already read this, but I'm enjoying "A Field Guide to Buying Organic" by Luddene Perry. Also, this is a great link to help you find local organic farmers, CSA's, etc. and choose the best products.

Janel said...

My parents gave me NT for our anniversary a couple years ago. I agree, it is hard to read.

Thanks for the heads up on the other two titles, they look good. I'll have to go bug the library for a interlibrary loan. ;)


L.L. Barkat said...

I really liked that Pollan book. I hope to hear your thoughts on it as you continue on with it.

Food books that changed my life? Diet for a Small Planet and Hope's Edge.

Marianna said...

I've tried to read Nourishing Traditions several times and have just never made it through. Anyway, another good "real food" read is "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver and also the two books by Wendell Fowler "Eat Right, Now" and "The Dawning of the Age of the Asparagus: Give Peas a Chance!"

Mama Monk said...

Yea! I am excited to see you reading "nourishing traditions"! A friend of mine recommended it to me a few years ago and it has revolutionized my cooking and way of thinking about nutrition. I use it frequently and am *slowly* adapting my palette to some of her more interesting ideas (ie. fermented foods). I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts!

As far as reading about food, my husband and I have been enjoying "the naked chef" (jamie oliver) and recently watched his DVD series that documents his first restuarant start-up with Street kids as employees. Really enjoyable to watch!

When are you leaving for Utah?

e-Mom said...

You're really going all out with your reading. Good for you! (I have a long list of nutrition books lining my bookshelf too.) I've read some of Weston Price's research in another book (he was a dentist who travelled the world, I believe) and it's quite fascinating. It made me realize how essential our diet is to good health and mental functioning. Happy reading! Hugs, e-Mom

Mrs. Pivec said...

Your cake down there looks yum, yum, yummy! :) Pretty and simple. I'm not reading any food books at the moment (though I have shelves full of them - and more from a vegetarian,whole food perspective).

I am wanting to read the new book out now called "Plenty." I forget the authors, but I read about it on No Impact Man's blog. The book is a new realease and I think from a smaller publisher, so I'll likely have to buy that one if I want to read it. It is about a couple who eat locally for a year. Along those exact lines is the new Barbara Kingsolver book I am cued up for at the library (17 out of 29 I think!) called "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle."

I am so happy to see more people interested in eating more whole foods & shopping locally. I hope the trend continues.

BTW, I believe there is a group over at discussion boards about the Nourishing Traditions book. You may want to have a peek! :)

AIMEE said...

I wasn't able to get through "Nourishing Traditions"...just too boring for me :)
Recently I read "Disease-proof Your Child" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman which was really good in understanding why it's important to feed the little ones well. I really like "To Buy or Not To Buy Organic" by Cindy Burke which helped me understand agribusiness, food economics and buying local. Right now I am reading "Generation XL" by Dr. Mercola.

Jess said...

We go to a Farmer's Market fairly frequently when we're in the States, and when we live overseas, shopping directly from farmers is a necessity. I LOVE the freshness of the produce and how bright everything is (and knowing that it's not some spray-on red they added when they added the sticker is a great thing!).

At the Dallas Farmers' Market, there is an organic meat & cheese booth, and one of the farms that is in that co-op had a field day a couple months ago. I intended to post about it, and never did, but it was SUCH a blast.

Anyway, at that field day, all the organic farmers and their organic friends talked about cooking from Nourishing Traditions. It's funny to hear about it from you now. Perhaps I should look into getting it.

I see that you're recommending it here, but would you say that "Real Food" would be a better buy for someone who just wants to know the basics of this mindset?

I guess what I'm asking is, besides being easier to read, are there any other things I would want to know about the differences between "Real Food" and "Nourishing Traditions"?

Sorry for writing a book. ;)

Beverly said...

Thanks for sharing these titles! I have the first one - Nourishing Traditions.

The other two look like great reads - I'm especially interested in the last one!

Andrea said...

Nourishing Traditions is very comprehensive, as I said. So if you wanted to go in depth, with recipes and all, I would say read that. I would say Real Food is more of the basics of NT, but is easier to read. There are no recipes in that book, though. If I remember correctly, it's not as comprehensive as NT. Real Food is a good place to start, then if you want more intense reading on it, try NT.

Holly said...

I'm reading Jordan Rubin's book The Great Physican's Rx. It's good. He, too, bases his work upon Weston Price, but incorporates the spiritual into his reasoning which Sally doesn't really do.

But I LOVE NT. I don't think it is the kind of book to necessarily sit down and DEVOUR so much as it is one you pick up over and over and learn something new from.

Thanks for the recommendations!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Good list!

My all-time favorite book about eating healthy is The Color Code. It makes me want to eat healthy foods, because it details why our bodies need fruits and vegetables.

Another one that I liked for similar reasons (but not as much) is
Superfoods Rx.

I'll have to look into some of yours, although I have to be steeled with resolve to actually let myself be changed by them!

Anonymous said...

I just came across your blog today and wanted to say thanks for the titles. I have already reserved them at the library. I have been slowly changing our diet and looking for resorces. These look great. Thanks!