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Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods Paperback – May 10, 2016
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"Nina's real food concept is critical for new parents." ―Erica Lyon, author of THE BIG BOOK OF BIRTH
"The antidote to the faddists, alarmists, and kooks who all too often dominate American food discourse." ―David Kamp
"A cross between Alice Waters and Martha Stewart." ―Washington Post
About the Author
Nina Planck is a farmers' daughter, food writer, and farmers' market entrepreneur. She is the creator of the wildly popular London Farmers' Markets. A gifted speaker and a home cook, she is the author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why as well as The Farmers' Market Cookbook and The Real Food Cookbook. She lives in New York City and Stockton, New Jersey, with her husband, Rob Kaufelt, proprietor of Murray's Cheese, and their three children.
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Overall I think Nina's recommendations are sound, but there are a few red flags throughout the book that indicate that she doesn't have the firmest grasp on science. Most glaring is a comment she makes about calcium tablets. She maintains that they're unnecessary and that midwives have been known to find whole, undissolved tables--WHOLE PILLS--in the placenta after birth. In case you're not up on your anatomy, let me just say that if you find you are able to pass an entire tablet from your intestines to your bloodstream, through the wall of your uterus and into your placenta, then you should get yourself immediately to an ER to investigate why you have an enormous, gaping hole through several of your major organs.
Because of this remark and a few other dicey ones I consider this book more of an entertaining read than a real resource, and would suggest taking its more controversial assertions with a grain of salt--although as a member of the posteriorly endowed, I enjoyed her claim that women with big butts have smarter children, and truth be told, I didn't thoroughly fact-check this one.
But my qualm with this book is that it is a childrearing book on food very much written from her experience as a mother. Which is of course, valuable!! However, as a mom of 3 kids myself, if I were to write a book about kid eating after my first kid, I would write a completely different one after my second kid, and third kid, etc. Though I really liked the feeding tips, meal ideas, and pregnancy guidelines, I felt the book lacked authority on the subject. I have a hard time recommending this book to friends because of that reason. We have been eating the "Weston price way" for many years and our newest baby just will NOT touch all the food we put in front of him! All amazing home cooked bounty, but no interest at all. Anyway, all that to say. This is a very "one child perspective" or "My kid did it this way and he's a great eater so your kid should too." And, in my opinion, just lacked authority on the subject of child eating and thus, included very little on "what if my kid won't eat salmon roe!?"
So, I applaud the author on writing this book which I'm sure took a ton of time!! But, I can't even really recommend it to friends without a major disclaimer- she writes a child eating book from a very personal - one child perspective - which lacks a lot of authority.
I feel bad even writing a critique but I appreciate honest reviews... So hopefully someone else does too.
What I love most about the book is the tone. The author has a conversational approach which makes me feel like I'm talking with a friend. Do I agree with every last thing she says? No, but I don't know of any human beings I agree with 100%. But her encouraging spirit, solid nutritional advice, and generally relaxed take on pregnancy, childbirth, and feeding babies made me feel a whole lot more confident that I can trust my own knowledge and intuition during this process. Truly, I needed this book, because so few of my friends have had children, and those that have, haven't taken the same natural approach to diet and lifestyle that I believe in.
For every stage of pregnancy and early babyhood, the author discusses in an easy-going fashion the different types of foods and nutrients you should be eating for that stage of development, and provides easy-to-understand information on the research backing her suggestions.
While this book isn't the only place that you can get good information about traditional nutrition and real food for pregnancy and early childhood, it is certainly the most friendly resource I've found. The new baby book by Sally Fallon takes a more encyclopedic tone, and websites such as The Healthy Home Economist or The Primal Parent have great information, but it's scattered all over the place so that you can't find exactly what you need during the stage of development when you're most interested in the information.
Because of that, I definitely recommend this book to anyone trying to conceive or newly pregnant, not only for the great information on nutrition it contains, but also for the calming feeling of friendship the author provides. I felt encouraged, enlightened, and better prepared to walk my own journey during this process.