Hailed as the "patron saint of farmers' markets" by the "Guardian "and called one of the "great food activists" by "Vanity Fair"'s David Kamp, Nina Planck is single-handedly changing the way we view "real food." A vital and original contribution to the hot debate about what to eat and why, "Real" "Food" is a thoroughly researched rebuttal to dietary fads and a clarion call for the return to old-fashioned foods.
In lively, personal chapters on produce, dairy, meat, fish, chocolate, and other real foods, Nina explains how ancient foods like beef and butter have been falsely accused, while industrial foods like corn syrup and soybean oil have created a triple epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The "New York Times" said that "Real Food" "poses a convincing alternative to the prevailing dietary guidelines, even those treated as gospel," and that "radical" as Nina's ideas may be, the case she makes for them is "eminently sensible.
Praise for Real Food:
“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