Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Real Food: What to Eat and Why Hardcover – June 13, 2006
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Nina Planck is a good, stylish writer and a dogged researcher who writes directly, forthrightly and with an edge. She isn't afraid to make the occasional wisecrack ("No doubt, for some people, cracking open an egg is one chore too many") while taking unpopular positions. Her chosen field—she is a champion of "real" (as opposed to industrialized) food—is one in which unpopular positions are easy to find. As Planck reveals, in her compellingly smart Real Food: What to Eat and Why, much of what we have learned about nutrition in the past generation or so is either misinformed or dead wrong, and almost all of the food invented in the last century, and especially since the Second World War, is worse than almost all of the food that we've been eating since we developed agriculture. This means, she says, that butter is better than margarine (so, for that matter, is lard); that whole eggs (especially those laid by hens who scratch around in the dirt) are better than egg whites, and that eggs in general are an integral part of a sound diet; that full-fat milk is preferable to skim, raw preferable to pasteurized, au naturel preferable to homogenized. She goes so far as to maintain—horror of horrors—that chopped liver mixed with real schmaltz and hard-boiled eggs is, in a very real way, a form of health food. Like those who've paved the way before her, she urges us to eat in a natural, old-fashioned way. But unlike many of them, and unlike her sometimes overbearing compatriots in the Slow Food movement, she is far from dogmatic, making her case casually, gently, persuasively. And personally, Planck's philosophy grows directly out of her life history, which included a pair of well-educated parents who decided, when the author was two, to pull up stakes in Buffalo, N.Y., and take up farming in northern Virginia. Planck, therefore, grew up among that odd combination of rural farming intellectuals who not only wanted to raise food for a living but could explain why it made sense. Planck, who is now an author and a creator and manager of farmers' markets, has a message that can be—and is—summed up in straightforward and simple fashion in her first couple of chapters. She then goes on to build her case elaborately, citing both recent and venerable studies, concluding in the end that the only sensible path for eating, the one that maintains and even improves health, the one that maintains stable weight and avoids obesity, happens to be the one that we all crave: not modern food, but traditional food, and not industrial food, but real food. (June)Mark Bittman's latest book is The Best Recipes in the World (Broadway); he is also the author of How to Cook Everything (Wiley).
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
A successful manager of urban green markets, Planck presents a contrarian view of what constitutes sound nutrition. She urges readers to think back to the kinds of diets that their grandmothers ate, regimens full of foods fresh from farms and from individual purveyors: meats, dairy, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Planck has a lot to offer about the role of fats in a healthy diet. Although most nutritionists worry about people consuming too much fat, Planck distinguishes good fats from bad, noting that many vital nutrients are absorbed into the body only dissolved in fat. She describes the differences between industrial fats that have been chemically saturated and hydrogenated and those fats that occur naturally in vegetables, fish, and meats, especially lauding the benefits of homemade lard. Planck draws a similar line between natural and industrial soy foods. She also encourages people to consume much more seafood, finding the threat of mercury contamination a bit overblown. Above all, Planck links good nutrition to sensible enjoyment of food in all its variety. Mark Knoblauch
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Things began to change, however, for the misfortune of later generations. Using flawed research as their argument and lack of expertise, the industrial food industry has convinced us since the mid-twentieth century that raw milk is detrimental to human health, saturated fats, like butter and beef tallow, cause atherosclerosis and hazardous to cardiovascular health; and promoted factory made polyunsaturated vegetables, like canola and corn oil as "Heart Healthy." Inevitably, the 1950's ushered in industrially processed foods and what soon happened afterward was a subsequent decline in human health. Through the creation of man-made foods, contemporary health problems we come to know of today, such as obesity, heart disease, and high diabetes have been plaguing Americans in epidemic proportions ever since, all having a common link to industrial, processed food indulgence.
Fortunately, Planck guilds readers through this complex maze, convincing that raw whole foods is and should be the optimal diet and dismantle the propaganda set forth by the commercial food industry.
Keep this in mind is cholesterol really bad for you? According to experts, that may not be the case. But, you will have to read on to find out why. Planck has made it clear about traditional whole foods and provides plenty of sources backed by years of dense scientific research.
"Real Foods" lends the reason why real foods are what is best for great health.
Americans are fat and sick because they eat bad food and way too much of it! WHAT ELSE CAN IT BE???
Carbs and sugar are bad foods. Can you find some in what you eat every day? I bet you can! How about bad fats? Yep, they're there too. Olestra anyone? How about some nice Splenda? Yum...
Good foods get a "bad press". Where's the Framingham Study on carbs??
Believe it or not once you start a diet rich in GOOD fats and proteins and fresh clean fruits and vegetables and STOP excessive consumption of carbs your "Cholesterol and Lipids Panel" drops to normal! You start to lose weight! You get to go off that really bad for you statin drug. All those aches and pains and weakness start to go away. What? What blasphemy! Irresponsible! Heretical! Well OK...welcome to nutrition/medical hell...
Here's an interesting book: "The Roman Cookery of Apicius" by John Edwards. It seems people were eating just like Nina Planck thousands of years ago! Most of what we eat today is cheap cr*p made from the cheapest stuff to be found! It's NOT food folks! It's profit. It's cr*p... You are a profit center. You are what you eat. Yum! Feel better now? Of course you don't!
You CAN start right now to eat better and feel better. Real Food by Nina Planck is another good place to start...
Ten Stars **********
Thank you Saint Nina.