- Paperback: 343 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (June 12, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596913428
- ISBN-13: 978-1596913424
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 189 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real Food: What to Eat and Why Paperback – June 12, 2007
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“Nina Planck's powerful concept, ‘real food,' has changed how we think about what we eat. Now Nina turns to the nutritional needs of the developing human being. Today, one can say that ‘womb ecology' is the most vital aspect of human ecology. In terms of public health, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of pregnant women. That's why no task is more important than to study the factors--particularly nutritional factors--that influence a baby's growth and development.” ―Dr. Michel Odent, author of The Farmer and the Obstetrician
“Nina Planck's personal story of life with baby Julian, from preconception to tending the first tomatoes at their own Small Farm, makes compelling reading. Her no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is voice cuts through cant and euphemism like a whiff of sharp cheddar for anyone who wants the real dope. Her basic distinction between real and fake foods makes essential reading not just for mothers with babies, but for all of us who want to live and eat well.” ―Betty Fussell, author of The Story of Corn, Raising Steaks, and My Kitchen Wars
“Nina's real food concept is critical for new parents and her advice on introducing solids is the best no-nonsense, eliminate-the-power-struggle option I've read in years.” ―Erica Lyon, author of The Big Book of Birth and founder of Realbirth
“How can you not be interested in Nina Planck's book?” ―Jesse Kornbluth, HeadButler.com
“[Planck] is a cross between Alice Waters and Martha Stewart.” ―Washington Post
“Science is finally catching up to what our grandmothers knew long ago: that traditional foods, and even fats, are actually good for you--and a whole lot healthier than the creations of food technology. Drawing on the latest research and oldest folk wisdom, Real Food offers a persuasive and invigorating defense of eggs, butter, meat, and even lard (!), as well as a powerful critique of a food industry that aims to replace these standbys with its highly processed, and sometimes deadly, simulacra. Nina Planck has written a valuable and eye-opening book.” ―Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma
“Planck has written an important book, and her timing may be perfect. With any luck, Real Food will resonate with Americans (starved for so long on low-fat diets) and bring Weston Price to a much larger audience than he could ever have imagined.” ―Los Angeles Times Book Review
About the Author
Nina Planck grew up in Virginia selling vegetables at farmers' markets and later created the first farmers' markets in London, England. In New York City, she ran the legendary Greenmarkets. Nina also wrote The Farmers' Market Cookbook and hosted a British television series on local food. Her latest company, Real Food, runs markets for traditional foods in American cities.
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And don't buy into the "industry lobbying" argument. Next to the piddling lobby groups of the meat, dairy, and eggs industries, the fattening, diabetes- and obesity-causing low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet is, in part, a creature of the much larger food industry that process grains, corn, corn syrup, corn starch, transfatty junk and fast food, and so on -- the same grain-based industry has long been the main backer -- for more than sixty years -- of the American Heart Association, which continues to give Americans the disastrous advice to eat more carbohydrates.
The AHA and the USDA's dietary guidelines are ultimately to blame. The food industry merely follows shifting public preferences and "official" guidelines, in turn shaped by the official anti-fat propaganda that started in the 1950s and blossomed in the 1970s, government corn subsidies, together with other myths -- such as the supposed "naturalness" of vegetarianism -- since embedded in such government food programs as food stamps, WIC, and children's lunches.
The association ultimately is a homonymic superstition: dietary fat is not at all the same as body fat and isn't "fattening." It's a three-generation hoax of "official science," which is never science.
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.
Although much of what she says flies in the face of "conventional wisdom", she makes a compelling argument. The book is interesting and well written, although repeated analyzes of various forms of fat can bog the reader down a bit. However, my own feeling after completing the book was a longing to eat more naturally-- something I know is and probably will be impossible for most of this crowded world. I highly recommend the book.