- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (December 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426205945
- ISBN-13: 978-1426205941
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You Hardcover – December 29, 2009
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“They show how to find and prepare local, fresh, organic foods—while saving energy.”
About the Author
Annie B. Bond is a leading authority on the connections between the environment and personal health and well-being and was recently labeled "the foremost expert in green living" by Body & Soul magazine. She writes blogs on her site greenchicafe.com and HuffingtonPost.com, and has written four books.
Melissa Breyer is senior editor of Healthy and Green Living and writes about food. She creates new recipes that are posted daily to Care2.com, a natural lifestyles social network and website with 10 million members.
Wendy Gordon founder of National Geographic’s Green Guide, was honored as one of Glamour magazine’s 75 Women Environmental Leaders in 2009. She serves as board chair of Trickle Up, an anti-poverty organization; as vice chair of the Rainforest Alliance; and as trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Family Fund.
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The 8 steps involve: Eat Local, Eat a Variety, Go for Organic, Eat Lower on the Food Chain, Eat Fresh, Eat Whole Foods, Stocking your pantry, Green Your Kitchen
By reviewing the list, you can see that many of the subjects repeat themselves. Local food is cheaper to transport, higher in food value since it doesn't have to travel as far, etc., but we know this, tell me something more. Their "what is in season guide" is good, since we are so used to supermarkets that offer watermelon in January, it's good to come back to reality from time to time.
If variety is the spice of life, eat the rainbow. Great advice. Vary what you eat, colors mean something and each have their own hidden values.
Going organic is a great idea if 1) you can afford it and 2) if you trust you source. Choose wisely.
Lower on the food chain. Become more of an herbivore and less of a carnivore. This was a really good chapter. Explained a couple of things that I didn't know. Complementary Protein Combinations.
Eating Fresh sort of recaps everything that has been already covered.
Whole Foods. Fiber. Sugars. Whole Grains. Think unprocessed and you pretty much have it.
Stocking your pantry. Personally, when the term Green is used too much I get a little concerned. Apparently, this means different things to different people. Restocking your pantry can be a very pricy undertaking so they suggested slow and steady. Make the best choices you can when the opportunity presents itself - and I will guarantee you, most markets don't even have the products that are suggested.
Green Your Kitchen. Once again, back to that Green word. Keep your kitchen clean, don't use harsh chemicals and use common sense.
Over all, it is a very good book. Very helpful information and very good recipes. I recommend it as a good starting point for jumping off into a new "Healthier You".
Marion Nestle's book What to Eat is the better comparison here. The two books distill the environmental and health concerns of a wide variety of foods and help the consumer make better, more informed choices.
I like the layout of this particular book--a handsome two-color design. Also, it seems more accessible than Nestle's dense reference. The recipes are a nice addition, too!
If you're a fan of the documentaries Food Inc., King Corn, or Fresh, then this book is the best practical companion for your family.