Real Food by Nina Planck

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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."

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.

About Nina Planck

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Nina Planck, author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why and The Farmer's Market Cookbook is a leading expert on farmer's markets and traditional food. In London, England she created the first farmer's market and in New York City, she ran the legendary Greenmarkets. She has a one-year-old son named Julian, who eats real food.
Published December 5, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 343 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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An expert on whole, unprocessed, local, traditionally produced food, Planck here follows up her Real Food: What to Eat and Why with this book specifically for women and children.

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Los Angeles Times

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Other than advising readers to buy raw milk at a certified, "sparkling clean" dairy where cows are regularly inspected for tuberculosis and brucellosis, Planck offers little if any caution to pregnant women, the elderly and other immune-suppressed individuals for whom raw milk may be a grave risk.

Jul 24 2006 | Read Full Review of Real Food

Huffington Post

On the plus side, that suggests her conclusions -- which will surely seem cracked to those who don't buy food products not labeled "low fat" -- aren't just the pet theories of the whole foods crowd.

Jun 14 2007 | Read Full Review of Real Food

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