- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587613352
- ISBN-13: 978-1587613357
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach Paperback – March 1, 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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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