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Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats [Kindle Edition]

Sally Fallon , Mary Enig
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Book Description

A full-spectrum nutritional cookbook with a startling message animal fats and cholesterol are vital factors in the human diet, necessary for reproduction and normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Includes information on how to prepare grains, health benefits of bone broths and enzyme-rich lacto-fermented foods.

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"I have to recommend . . . Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. The first chapter of her book is so right on target that I feel a little guilty for taking her ideas." — Robert C. Atkins, MD

From the Back Cover

The Diet Dictocrats don't want you to know that...

Your body needs old-fashioned animal fats New-fangled polyunsaturated oils can be bad for you Modern whole grain products can cause health problems Traditional sauces promote digestion and assimilation Modern food processing denatures our foods but Ancient preservation methods actually increase nutrients in fruits, nuts vegetables, meats and milk products!

At last a successful challenge to Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats!

Recalling the culinary customs of our ancestors, and looking ahead to a future of robust good health for young and old, Nourishing Traditions offers modern families a fascinating guide to wise food choices and proper preparation techniques. Sally Fallon unites the wisdom of the ancients with the latest independent and accurate scientific research in over 700 delicious recipes that will please both exacting gourmets and busy parents.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8313 KB
  • Print Length: 620 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0967089735
  • Publisher: NewTrends Publishing, Inc.; Revised and Updated 2nd edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00276HAWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1,624 of 1,681 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read even if you don't cook March 18, 2002
By A Customer
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I was seeing references to this book in other books that I found helpful: The Metabolic Typing Diet and Life Without Bread. But I delayed more than a year before buying Nourishing Traditions. I figured if I knew what to eat, I didn't need a cookbook too.

I was wrong. This is a textbook as much as a cookbook. I liken it to Joy of Cooking. You can learn a lot from it about food and nutrition even if you never use its recipes. I have used recipes from both, though, and can attest to their deliciousness. But I must admit, for me the best thing about reading Nourishing Traditions is learning about nutrition, not learning new recipes.

The authors criticize the "Diet Dictocrats" who propound the "politically correct" low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. I find the epithet of "politically correct" rather grating and would hope they drop it in later editions.

The book's thesis is a Rousseauian one: industrial food production yields a product unsuited to our body's nature. To find out what is suited to our nature, we ought to rely on research of what preindustrial societies consumed. Thus, as another reviewer pointed out, they view themselves as continuators of the program initiated by the dentist Weston Price (author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration).

I had spent years eating in accordance with the low-fat dietary dogma and my health suffered because of it. I give the authors credit for recognizing a wide spectrum of ideal diets depending on one's genetic makeup. What is more problematic is how one draws the line between natural and unnatural. Is the line to be drawn between industrial and nonindustrial societies, or is it more basic than that? The book NeanderThin, for example sees humanity making a wrong turn with the advent of civilization.
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538 of 563 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building on Dr. Price's Work August 6, 2007
The 'most helpful' review for this book here at Amazon questions the reliance by this book on Dr. Weston Price's work, simply because he was a dentist. Fair enough, but the smart thing would be to see what he said for yourself. Instead of relying on Sally Fallon's word for why Dr. Price's work was so important, I went and read his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, myself. I actually checked out one printed in the 1940's from a university library, to avoid any reprint changes he may or may not have approved.

His work is fascinating. He first sought to understand why isolated people on traditional, unprocessed diets had such remarkable teeth, dental arches, and resistance to disease, particulary tuberculosis. Instead of focusing on the traditional methods used in medicine that seek to cure medical problems after the fact, he was out to find out a way to prevent the problems in the first place. What a novel idea. What he discovered was that traditional diets of isolated peoples maintained the teeth and health of these people in a dramatic fashion. He also found that within a generation of being exposed to processed food diets, these people began to experience the same health problems we have now. Why rely on his work, which dates some 70 years old? Because this same research can't be done today, there just aren't enough people that are still untouched by civilizaton and processed diets.

Back to this book. I believe much of what Sally Fallon has to say is right on the money. She was wise to heavily rely on what Dr. Price found and then has provided much additional information and some good recipies to go along with it.
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2,269 of 2,399 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Responding to some objections UPDATED July 13, 2008
While the front matter in the book is pretty earth-shaking in terms of toppling most dietary shibboleths erected in recent years, the sidebar information as you go through the book is just as eye-opening. But let me deal with some objections I noted when reading Amazon reviews of this book. There are over 200 reviews, which says something about this book: it may not be on airport book racks, but people are reading it.

The NT way of eating is downright dangerous.

This is in the eye of the beholder. Most studies showing a decrease in heart disease deaths due to cholesterol-lowering drugs or diets show an increase in death rates from all causes. Which one are you going to take your chances with? Several well-done studies audited by independent researchers show no correlation between deaths related to heart disease or artheriosclerosis and the consumption of butter, eggs, and red meat. A few studies show that butter and saturated fats appear to have a protective effect.

What happens is that the government, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and others (the Diet Dictocrats), cherry pick the studies they will publicize and which aspects of these studies the public will learn about--which the MSM then dutifully report to John Q. Public. Studies whose results seem to defy the diet-heart hypothesis are silenced, starved of funds, and ultimately shuttered. Hence you have people like my father-in-law who says he's not supposed to eat organ meats because they are high in cholesterol. There is absolutely no relationship between the amount of cholesterol in a food and the likelihood of it contributing to artheriosclerosis.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This cookbook is fantastic. The best thing about it in my opinion ...
This cookbook is fantastic. The best thing about it in my opinion is that it promotes the use of quality (organic/biodynamic) products prepared in ways that enhance the... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Christopher E. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Important Read!
I cannot say enough about this book!!! It has helped me to understand so much about the food system
and its connection to politics. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Robin Leonard
1.0 out of 5 stars TOO BAD..
and its not politically correct to eat that way. Read more
Published 5 days ago by alejandro gomez tagel s
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you don't buy this, do your research!!!
EXCELLENT BOOK! Life changing, has made me do my research on Dr. Weston A. Price. I discovered this book about seven months into my pregnancy and while sooner would've been much... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Asia Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Foods and Healthy Cultures
If I could I would give this 20 stars. Great information abounds and the recipes are so healthy and easy to follow. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nancy Gorden Haywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gave as a gift
Published 9 days ago by RevLizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to referr back to and recommend it to my ...
It's my nutrition bible. Great to referr back to and recommend it to my friends. If haven't read it yet, you'll have a aha moment.
Published 13 days ago by Andrea Nagel
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is a Treasure!
A must have for any traditional cook looking to rid themselves of processed junk, fast food and pasturized dairy. Anything and everything you need to know.
Published 14 days ago by Kait Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Your body will health this!
Tasty, practical, healthy resource!
Published 18 days ago by Keyna L. Welenc
5.0 out of 5 stars Nourishing Tradtions is not only a very good read, it is an education
Sally Fallon is one of the few and very rare voices of knowledge, common sense and wisdom in the world of nutritional madness. Read more
Published 20 days ago by James Swartz
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