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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587613352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587613357
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dietician Yablon-Brenner and holistic health counselor Bessinger, who consult and teach as the "Real Food Moms," offer tips for improving the family diet in this well-meaning, if repetitive, volume. The duo argues that decades of declining health in American children and adults can be blamed squarely on the "Standard American Diet"-more a lifestyle than an actual diet-characterized by processed food, stress and too much time in front of TV and computer screens. The authors' remedies-fresh foods, plenty of water, more exercise, etc.-will surprise nobody, yet the duo have an irritating habit of repeating themselves on those very topics. A lengthy guide to vegetables and pantry staples proves helpful for readers wondering how to incorporate fennel, beets or buckwheat into the family meal, but the duo's recipes often fall short. Sautéing is their go-to method for seemingly all greens, and their mix-and-match dish-crafting approach (a couple items from column A, an item each from columns B and C) might work for salads, but comes off as lazy and impractical anywhere else. Passages on industrial farming, restaurant eating and the American experience of satiety are interesting diversions, but not enough to break the volume's monotony; one comes away thinking it could have worked better as a magazine article.
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“If you’re concerned that your family stays too rushed to eat the most healthful meals, you may benefit from the guidelines found in a new book called Simple Food for Busy Families. It’s packed with advice, ideas and good recipes.” —Fort Worth Star Telegram (1/29/09)

“Families tend to find themselves cocooning during recessions, and Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach (Celestial Arts) is a practical guide for finding peace and health spending more time at home. As its subtitle suggests, Simple Food… is about how we nourish our minds as well as our bodies. To wit, authors Jeanette Bessinger, CHHC, and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, RD, CHHC, offer tips on spending quality family nights together—game and healthy pizza nights, for instance—with less computer and TV time. ...Bessinger and Yablon-Brenner make a strong case for consuming locally grown, seasonal foods and they simplify nutrition with explanations that make the subject digestible and relevant. But what ultimately makes the tips and recipes in Simple Food… so accessible is the underlying idea that its approaches (like eating seasonal foods) are, in the words of the authors, attuned to ‘the natural rhythms of life.’” —Energy Times (3/1/09)

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Well written with good orgization, I learned a lot from this book.
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"Simple Food for Busy Families" teaches how to keep our families healthy in a way that fits our hectic lifestyle.
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I would recommend to anyone who wants to eat and live responsibly, not just eat healthy.
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142 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on April 19, 2010
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I bought this book thinking it would contain RECIPES for families that were interested in the whole foods approach. It does seem to be a very interesting book, but really it is a nutrition book about conversion from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to the whole foods approach. I am re-selling this book because I have already been "converted", I was just looking for some new recipes. It was probably my fault for not reading the description of the book well enough, but I did want other potential buyers to beware.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Bass on February 27, 2009
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Busy Moms, this is a must have!! Finally someone has taken the time to simplify healthy meals and cooking for busy families. This book breaks things down and makes preparing good-for-you meals simple, realistic, and easy to do. As a working mom with a hectic schedule, this book has helped me find a way to ensure I am preparing tasty meals that provide solid, well-rounded nutrition for my family. Excellent in every way!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jonny Bowden on February 26, 2009
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As one who has written a number of books on foods and health, I can say that this book is an utter gem. Finally someone breaks the mold on "low-fat" and talks about real food for real people. These recipes are not only healthy but easy to make, and emphasize whole foods, quality protein, good fat and fiber. Adaptable to all kinds of diets and especially easy to use for families. Great job, belongs in every home!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jes on October 11, 2012
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I was looking for a cook book. The vast majority of this book is teaching the reader how to eat and why, and has some good information, but a lot of it is common sense (to me). I was looking for simple, fast recipes that my toddler will eat. There are a few that I will try, but you really have to look to find them. Too much talking, not enough recipes. If you are a new comer to good nutrition this is a great place to start. If you have that part down and just lack food imagination like I do and are looking for a bunch of ideas for real healthy food, this may not be what you are looking for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LeslieAnnL on March 25, 2009
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The authors have managed to cram everything I've learned about nutrition over the past 20 years into one book and then added recipes as a bonus. I wish there was a way to distribute a copy to every mother in America!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan O. Cohen on February 26, 2009
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It is somewhat rare to find a resource such as this that is not only filled with an outstanding knowledge base, but that also helps people find healthy doable choices for themselves and their families. In order to integrate healthier lifestyle choices in this hectic era, finding accesible solutions is critical. I tip my hat to these wonderful authors for their outstanding contribution to the well being of others. I would highly recommend this book to all of us- - frankly, don't we all eat every day and rely upon food nourishment to restore our bodies, minds and souls to keep us going?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. Kerr on February 26, 2009
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This is so much more than just a cookbook! I found what I was looking for - easy and healthy recipes - but what I also found was an enormous amount of advice about food prep and essential cooking techniques. There are some terrific chapters that "demystify" individual foods and spices, some of which I've never purchased because I just didn't know what to do with them! My favorite sections are the mix and match recipes which provide endless combinations of ingredients for soups, marinades, main dishes and desserts. I know the easier it is - the more likely we are to make it!

There's also a lot of comprehensive information about general healthy habits and easy things we can do to change our family's lifestyle. Nothing seemed to overwhelming or complicated - it's all about the basics.

What I like most about this book is that it's written by moms who express understanding about how demanding our lives are and how overwhelming change can seem. It does not patronize or preach - the tone is humorous and friendly while at the same time straightforward and motivational.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By a_von on February 20, 2010
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This is a very well written book that gives a very nice background to the reason our country is facing an obesity epidemic.
With that said, if you are looking for a cook book it is a little disappointing. Most of the chapters are dedicated to not only identifying poor diet choices but lifestyle and habits that affect health as well. Only the last few chapters are dedicated to menu/recipes. The recipes are in the form of tables where you can mix and match foods with side items, etc. I have to admit that I haven't used the tables once since I purchased the book.
I gave this book 4 stars because I think the authors are encouraging families to take charge of their health instead of passively accepting obesity as a genetic problem. Eating garbage and spending 10 hours of the day plopped in front of a TV and/or computer only leads to one thing -- chronic health problems that we are now seeing in 5 year olds.
If you want to make some changes in your lifestyle but aren't quite sure how to do so, this is a great book!
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