Yesterday I talked a bit more about what real food is and what it means to us. And the post seemed to have gotten long enough that I decided enough was enough for one day. But as a result I left out some really important information, so today is a new day and here’s a new post to correct that lapse!
If you have any interest at all in real food (and let’s just leap to the conclusion that you do since you’re reading this!) and you have somehow NOT read both Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to Eat and Why, then might I heartily encourage you to read them. Both.
Our son was the one who initially turned me on to Michael Pollan (years enough ago that he wasn’t quite the “household name” that he’s practically become!) with the suggestion first of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Interestingly, I felt like I got enough of the gist of Omnivore’s Dilemma from the reviews, so I didn’t actually read it. But I was definitely drawn to In Defense of Food and have now read it several times, as I have with Nina Planck’s book.
In fact, if I had to choose I would almost choose Nina’s book, if only for the more “personal story” she tells, but that’s just me. I really do encourage reading them both! Each of them gives some great insight into how it is that we’ve come to be so disconnected from “what to eat” and how some of the great food lies came to be taken as gospel. (You know, things like how high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and that saturated fat is bad for you and margarine is good for you and other similar lunacies that we’ve all been told are true!)
In the years since each of those books was published (both in 2008), interest has exploded (in part, I’m sure, thanks to those books!) and there are now innumerable blogs and websites dedicated to this same idea. One, Lisa Leake’s 100DaysOfRealFood was, in fact, specifically inspired by Pollan’s book. She’s gone to have boatloads of readers and has a new best-selling cookbook out that will continue to inspire others. I haven’t gotten it yet — it’s on my Christmas list! — but with over 400 reviews, nearly 90% of which give 5 stars, it seems like a winner.
The simple point being, a blog like this (or Lisa’s or others) is a great way to follow along as real people share their lives, working to make their diet mostly (if not completely) about real food, but the factual background found in Real Food and In Defense of Food is still the best starting point!
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