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100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Leake
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (736 customer reviews)

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Book Description

#1 New York Times Bestseller

The creator of the 100 Days of Real Food blog draws from her hugely popular website to offer simple, affordable, family-friendly recipes and practical advice for eliminating processed foods from your family's diet.

Inspired by Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake decided her family's eating habits needed an overhaul. She, her husband, and their two small girls pledged to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods—a challenge she opened to readers on her blog.

Now, she shares their story, offering insights and cost-conscious recipes everyone can use to enjoy wholesome natural food—whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seafood, locally raised meats, natural juices, dried fruit, seeds, popcorn, natural honey, and more.

Illustrated with 125 photographs and filled with step-by-step instructions, this hands-on cookbook and guide includes:

  • Advice for navigating the grocery store and making smart purchases
  • Tips for reading ingredient labels
  • 100 quick and easy recipes for such favorites as Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale Pesto Cream Sauce, and Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
  • Meal plans and suggestions for kid-pleasing school lunches, parties, and snacks
  • "Real Food" anecdotes from the Leakes' own experiences
  • A 10-day mini starter-program, and much more. 


Editorial Reviews

Review

#1 New York Times Bestseller (New York Times)

“Very detailed and comprehensive.…If you’re ready to take the challenge, this is an excellent handbook.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

“Perfect for those who are trying to ditch processed foods.” (wellandgood.com)

From the Back Cover

Simple, family-friendly recipes and practical advice to help you ditch processed food and eat better every day!

Thanks to Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake was given the wake-up call of her life when she realized that many of the foods she was feeding her family were actually "foodlike substances." So she, her husband, and their two young girls completely overhauled their diets by pledging to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods—a challenge she opened to readers on her blog. What she thought would be a short-term experiment turned out to have a huge impact on her personally. After wading through their fair share of challenges, experiencing unexpected improvements in health, and gaining a preference for fresh, wholesome meals, the Leakes happily adopted their commitment to real food as their "new normal."

Now Lisa shares her family's story, offering insights and cost-conscious recipes everyone can use to enjoy wholesome natural food prepared with easily found ingredients such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seafood, locally raised meats, whole-milk dairy products, nuts, natural sweeteners, and more.

Filled with step-by-step instructions, this hands-on cookbook and guide includes:

  • Advice for navigating the grocery store and making smart real food purchases
  • Tips for reading ingredient labels
  • 100 quick-and-easy recipes for such favorites as Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale Pesto Cream Sauce, Cheesy Broccoli Casserole, The Best Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker, and Cinnamon-Glazed Popcorn
  • Meal plans and suggestions for kid-pleasing school lunches, parties, and snacks
  • A 10-day mini-starter program, and much more.

100 Days of Real Food offers all the support, encouragement, and guidance you'll need to make these incredibly important and timely life changes.


Product Details

  • File Size: 33942 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (August 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EHGIXXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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119 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written for a person like me! August 30, 2014
By Mel
Format:Hardcover
I was excited to get my copy of this cookbook. I'm one of those people who knows all about real food and what I should be eating but don't actually follow most of the advice out there. With three young kids I'm trying to do better, which is why I bought this cookbook. I feared I would crack it open, get overwhelmed, shelve it and never look at it again. Or that all the recipes would use items I couldn't find in Canadian stores or if I did would cost a fortune.
When I opened it up I felt like I was greeted by a friend. Someone who had walked the same road as me and was there to help make it easier for me. She wasn't making me change all my ways overnight, just giving me easy changes I could make to improve my diet.
I went grocery shopping the next day. I didn't make over my entire grocery cart but I had meal planned based on this cookbook (something I don't typically do with a new cookbook but I actually wanted to make everything!). In doing so I ended up filling my cart with real food and it didn't feel like a huge life change.
All the recipes use normal foods found in normal grocery stores. They're easy to follow with step by step instructions, great tips, family friendly recipes with pictures of every meal.
The first section is informative and not condescending in tone (great for a new cook or someone like me who is new to a real food journey).
I love this cookbook! I feel like it will be living on my counter for many years!
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165 of 197 people found the following review helpful
By Kelly
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is beautiful, and there is a lot of helpful information about eating real food, but some of the 100+ recipes I would not consider worth having in there (flavored yogurt, popcorn, etc). While not everyone may know how to flavor their yogurt or make popcorn without additives, those could have been provided as tips, rather than "recipes." Also included as a recipe is honey mustard (which is really just mixing two ingredients), a corn tortilla recipe straight off the side of the bag, and a perfect omelet recipe, which is so super simple I don't think it should have been included as a "recipe." As I mentioned, some of these simple things could have been given as tips (e.g., I use the corn tortilla recipe on the Brand X bag...you should check it out; or in the school lunch section to say, "My daughter loves mixing 1/2 tsp of Honey and X amount of mustard to make her own honey mustard for lunch.". I was looking for more real recipes and less information about how to get started with eating real food. I understand there are a lot of people out there that don't know these things, but they could have been communicated in a different way, other than a "recipe." I felt like it was done to inflate the number of recipes in the book. If you are a newbie and have never read the info she has on her site about getting started with real food, there is good information here though!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some hits, some misses September 8, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of Lisa Leake's blog and have cooked many recipes from it over the past year. It's my go to source for basic, healthy, simple recipes so I was very excited about this book. This review is primarily for the recipes.

So far I've cooked:
Baked mac and cheese -- Very good and toddler approved
Slow cooker beef fajitas -- Easy prep but not much flavor, mushy vegetables, not as good as other fajitas I've made at home
Whole wheat flour tortillas -- Using the coconut oil gave them a funny flavor, to my taste, so I think I'd use a different cooking fat if I tried this again
Cinnamon raisin quick bread -- Easy and yummy, a definite winner
Grass-fed burgers -- Very tasty, I'd make these again

I'm giving the book 3 stars because there were fewer recipes I was interested in trying than I expected and two of the 5 recipes I've made so far were sort of meh. I'll update as I cook more from the book. All in all, I guess I'm not fully convinced that it's necessary to buy this book if you're already enjoying the blog.
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72 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a Real Food Bible! August 28, 2014
By Maria G
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been following Lisa's blog for a few years and I have an extensive nutrition background. I just read this on my Kindle from cover to cover on a flight from Vegas. This is much more than a cookbook; it is basically a Real Food Bible. Lisa explains from start to finish why each Real Food Rule exists. You may think that by hopping around on the website or following her on Facebook, you are getting tons of free information, and you are right. But reading it in this fashion helps one to understand the concepts on a deeper level. It covers recipes, yes, but the scenarios and explanations solidifies why we need to eat this way. This is exactly what I needed to make the final changes towards a real food diet. Before, I was applying most rules, but not with conviction or purpose, as in organic or local meats. As a dietitian, I recommend this book to everyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great step in any journey towards health and happiness September 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is not just a cookbook. The book is broken down into two parts: the Plan and the Recipes. The Plan provides detailed guidelines about what real food is and what it is not. It discusses why it is important to avoid highly processed foods, how to read food labels, healthy grains, the problem with sugar, artificial dyes, sweeteners, dairy products, cooking oils, organic options and GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). The Plan section also offers a shopping guide, tips on eating local year round and motivation for getting started now. If you are packing school lunches, there is a lot of information in this book about how to do so in a healthy way. She also offers budgeting tips and meal planning ideas, as well as a section on starting your own dinner club. If you are just starting to transition to a real food lifestyle, this is definitely a book you will want to own. If you are already on the real food bandwagon but need some renewed motivation and strengthening of some of the key real food ideas, then you would also enjoy this book.

Part two, the Recipes, offers some very simple and tasty recipes. Here are the ones we have tried so far:

Apple and bacon grilled cheese: This was a nice lunch and gave a different taste to an old classic. We used organic cheddar cheese, green apples and grass fed bacon. The next time we have this recipe, I would use red apples and make sure the bacon is really crispy. Overall, I really enjoyed the flavors and it was a quick and tasty lunch that the whole family could enjoy.
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes: Delicious! My husband could have seriously eaten the entire batch, but I was able to save a few to freeze for a quick breakfast to serve the kids before school. This recipe was so easy that I am the one who made it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars easily accessible ingredients!
Love her blog, and somewhere in between like and love this book. Pretty much every recipe I try is delicious, but I would have liked a few more recipes. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Erin Markle
5.0 out of 5 stars We use this cookbook every week
This is a wonderful and easy to follow family cookbook. We reference it at least once a week. The school lunches alone are amazing, but we love the lettuce wraps, vegetarian chili,... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Wenjax
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cookbook! Helped me make big changes.
I found the blog a few months ago so I had to get this book. I'm glad I did! Lisa breaks down the "why and how" of eating real food. I love her gentle approach. Read more
Published 2 days ago by mvincali
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 3 days ago by casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! It's not only a cookbook
Awesome! It's not only a cookbook...it's an educational book!!! Lisa does a great job explaining whole foods to those of us who are new to this world if unprocessed foods!
Published 3 days ago by mvc
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the 100 day blog but wasn't sure how much ...
I love the 100 day blog but wasn't sure how much I'd use the cookbook. Turns out I use it all the time. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jeff O
5.0 out of 5 stars and a great read in general
This cookbook (and Lisa's blog) have been life-changing for our family. It is very simple to follow, and a great read in general. Read more
Published 5 days ago by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 9 days ago by LadyEngineer
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a big fan and long time follower of Lisa's ...
I'm a big fan and long time follower of Lisa's blog. Her recipes are almost always spot on and huge hits in my house. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read with Great Recipes!
Great realistic food ideas for families, especially those with kids. Lisa shows her family and you can see that she had probably encountered some obstacles in converting her family... Read more
Published 11 days ago by DSC in CA
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More About the Author

Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, blogger and author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, 100 Days of Real Food. She began chronicling her family's journey on 100DaysofRealFood.com when in 2010 they decided to start seeking out the real food in our processed food world. What started as a simple pledge has turned into a valuable and practical resource that's now read by millions around the globe. Lisa has appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, CNN, and The Doctors TV Show.


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Kindle Edition or Hardcover?
I have the hardcover and LOVE it. The pictures are one of my favorite parts of the book and I'm sure the hardcover beats the kindle edition there.
Sep 20, 2014 by Sunny June |  See all 2 posts
umm "Tips for reading ingredient labels"
There are some minimally processed foods that Lisa buys (Larabars, 1 ingredients whole grain pasta, 1 ingredient peanut butter...to name a few) and she teaches you how to sift through ingredient labels to find foods that meet the "real food" criteria (100% whole grain, full fat, less... Read More
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