GIVEAWAY: Nina Planck Real Food Books!

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My poor book club gals have to put up with my foodie-ness all the time in conversation and at restaurants (we went to a place with local, grassfed meats and organic produce tonight – divine!!!), and now I’m making them read about food for my month’s book choice. Luckily, the book I chose is, like good food, divine.

real foodReal Food: What to Eat and Why is one of the books that really got me started believing in the whole, traditional foods movement and changed my kitchen forever. I was totally overwhelmed by Nourishing Traditions, but Real Food is so conversational and down-to-earth, yet stuffed with just the right amount of research and to satiate my academic nature, that it was/is a perfect fit for me.

I really think you should read it. My book club has to, so why not everyone? :)

I don’t own it (yet – Christmas list alert!) but devoured it and took copious notes when I checked it out from the library. Go on, go reserve yourself a copy at your local library right now. Just open a new tab. Then come on back here for a chance to WIN your very own!

I’m thrilled to be able to give one lucky reader a copy of Nina Planck’s Real Food:  What to Eat and Why. This is for the underliners and highlighters who get in trouble when they mark up library books. Real Food belongs on your bookshelf!

What’s in Real Food?

Nina Planck explains her journey from farm girl to vegan and her discovery of real, traditional foods. She lauds raw milk, butter, cream and lard; teaches you which vegetables to eat more of and how to prepare them; explains the risks of industrial oils like corn and soybean (I’ll be quoting from her a lot this week and next!) and the age-old beauty of traditional fats; and unpacks a lot of science behind the current medical views on cholesterol, fats, and diseases of this century.

I devoured the text, truly.

If you need more to whet your appetite, see these sources:

  • You can read a bit more about Nina’s philosophy of food at her website, Nina Planck, but it’s mostly under construction.
  • She did a great interview with Food Renegade that you can find here:  Nina Planck Interview. Nina explains what real food is to her and more.
  • Also see a superb interview with New York Magazine. (Want to know what’s in Nina Planck’s fridge?)

But There’s More! Nina Wrote Two Books…

real food mother and babyI actually won the very first blog giveaway I ever entered, and I received an advance copy of Nina Planck’s Real Food for Mother and Baby from Kelly the Kitchen Kop. I was so excited because of my aforementioned love of Nina’s first book, and I’m kind of tickled that I get to give someone the book now, too!

This second book is inspired by the conception, birth and parenting of her first son, baby Julian. It is, in classic Planck style, maddeningly easy to read, the kind of book you fall into over coffee and realize you forgot to drink your coffee and dinner is burning on the stove because you’re fascinated by the food in your book.

If you are trying to conceive, pregnant, or parenting an infant, this book is a must-read. Infertility is rampant in our society, and I won’t even try to predict all the many possible reasons for that, but Nina Planck can at least give you a window into the “fertility diets” of old and help you be less stressed out about what you eat. Here is how the Real Baby Food website describes the text:

Pregnant women need meat and salt, not iron supplements. Delaying the introduction of certain solid foods doesn’t prevent allergies. Cereals are not the best foods for tiny eaters; meat and egg yolks are better. From conception to two years, your body’s overwhelming needs are for good fat and protein, not for carrots and skim milk.

Even as she casts a skeptical eye on the conventional wisdom, Nina is always reassuring. Mother, father, and baby can all thrive on good, simple food.

Kristen at Food Renegade shares a fabulous summary of Real Food for Mother and Baby, discussing each of the four parts of the book and the summary of “real food” that opens the text:

  1. The Fertility Diet
  2. Food for Mother and Baby (in utero)
  3. Infants and Breastfeeding
  4. First Foods for Baby

Win it!


Are you ready to get excited about the mail coming? Sign up to win either Real Food: What to Eat and Why or Real Food for Mother and Baby.

Just leave a comment at this post telling me why you’re interested in Real Food and you’ll be entered to win! (If you receive KS via email, you will need to click over to the site to leave a comment.) If you’d like more chances, obtain extra entries by doing the following. You may leave all the entries in one comment and I’ll sort them out!

BONUS entry for linking up a super food recipe or leaving one in the comments at the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods, SUPER FOODS Fest.

  1. Mandatory entry: tell me why you’re interested in Real Food.
  2. Subscribe in a reader or via email to Kitchen Stewardship (or tell me if you already do).
  3. Ask me a question. Related to Kitchen Stewardship stuff would be great, but I’m in a fun mood, so shoot.
  4. TWO entries:  If you have a blog or website, post about this giveaway linking back to this post.
  5. What’s your favorite Monday Mission or Recipe? Just tell me in the comment and I’ll give you an extra entry.
  6. Follow me on Twitter AND Tweet about the giveaway (just click the button at the top of this post).
  7. Write about it on Facebook.
  8. Stumble or Digg this post (you can use the “Share This!” icon at the bottom of the post).
  9. Email 5 friends (who don’t already read Kitchen Stewardship) about the giveaway.
  10. Stumble or Digg your favorite post or recipe at Kitchen Stewardship.

Be sure to tell me everything you did in your comment. There are a possible 10 entries! If you can handle completing all 10, I’ll give you a bonus entry just for being perseverant (but tell me if you do in your comment so I’m not up counting all night). If you don’t have a blog, I’ll still give you the bonus if you complete the other 9. :) I still trust the honor system. Just be honest about what you’ve done – giveaways should be fun!

I will use’s integer generator to choose the commenters who win from my list of commenter emails. The giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, October 23rd, and I’ll post the winners by the following Monday.

I’m linked into Things I Love Thursday at The Diaper Diaries and Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade.

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70 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. Jennie Lou says

    I’m a Catholic homeschooling mom of 8 and I would like the Real Food for Mother and Baby book for ideas on feeding my youngest and to make healthy choices for any future pregnancies. I have a similar background as the author in that I’m on my way out of veganism.

    I also subscribe to your blog with Google Reader.

  2. says

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing book! I’d love to win it because I am really interested in nutrition and have just started to learn about eating real, whole foods.

    I am a subscriber already!

    Question: What do you know about carrageenan? It’s an ingredient listed on the heavy whipping cream in my coffee and I’m trying to decide if I need to cut that out. Thanks!
    .-= Greta´s last blog ..Fresh Tomato Soup =-.

  3. LeeAnn says

    1) I’d love to win Real Food for Mother and Baby because I’m nursing my four month old baby and would love to learn what she has to say about it!
    2) I’m a subscriber
    3) How did you get your husband to “buy into” the real food concept? My husband’s favorite treat is oreos…(although we only have them every couple of months)
    4) I posted about the giveaway on facebook
    5) My favorite Monday Mission is the one on Meal Planning…still working on that one!

  4. says

    Ooooh; I didn’t know Nina Planck had a baby book! I just got Real Food in the mail about two days ago, and was tickled to learn that Nina grew up about thirty minutes from my house. (How cool is that? I’m wondering if I can go buy veggies from her parents’ farm.) I am definitely interested in the “baby” book; her food philosophy sounds a lot like mine, and I’m always interested in reading more nutrition research. :)

    I subscribe already, and I stumbled the super foods Carnival post.

    I actually have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you: if I end up having to use broth powder (because I tend to run out of real broth), do you think I could add unflavored gelatin to it?

    (BTW, Greta, carrageenan is a seaweed.)
    .-= Rachel R.´s last blog ..Giveaway – Progresso =-.

  5. Kristie says

    1) I’m interested because Nourishing Traditions overwhelmed me, too!
    2) I subscribe in Google reader
    3) Does raw milk taste different?
    4) My favorite Monday Mission has been about rethinking plastic in the kitchen. I’m so much more conscious of it now!

  6. says

    Sounds like a wonderful book! Off to put it on hold. I think I like the sound of the first one best, but I am a nursing mama too so I am sure the second one would be full of good info too. Maybe the library has both!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..just my thoughts =-.

  7. Vicki says

    1. I have had Real Food in my Amazon wish list for some time, and can’t wait to read it simply to gain more knowledge.
    2. I’m a subscriber

  8. says

    WhoHoo library had both books – they are both on hold!

    I would love to get some thoughts on making and canning soups – for the pantry not freezer – what is safe to can, how to do it…… :-)
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Pizza =-.

  9. Molly says

    I would love the mother and baby book! I read Nina Planck’s first book and adored it. It was part of a life change for me regarding food. Now I’m pregnant with my first and would love to get my hands on her second book.

  10. Em says

    1. I am really interested in reading the Planck book after not being able to get Nourishing Traditions from the library.

    2. I’m a new subscriber as of earlier this week. Yay!

    3. My favorite Monday Mission is the one about full fats, and stepping back to consider if they’re really all that bad for us if that’s what our ancestors ate for … um, ever.

    4. Since we’re local to each other, I’d love to pick your brain on those fabulous little places you’re finding great, good for you groceries that I don’t know about … but I don’t want to ask you to call yourself out like that online … so it’s a question, but not one you have to answer. :)

    5. I sent your giveaway link to a bunch of like minded friends via email/facebook. Yay!

    Thanks again for hosting this giveaway!

  11. Stephanie F says

    I’d love a chance to win “Real Food: What to Eat and Why” because it has been on my “to buy” list for awhile now. My continued interest in read food stems from a desire to be as healthy as possible.

    2. I’m a subscriber in reader

    3. I liked the eat more eggs mission.

  12. Nicole says

    1) Hello, would love to have a copy of Real Food for Mother and Baby – my son is close to 2yrs and we have another due any time now.
    2) I’m an email subscriber
    3) Q: any tips for achieving an unmedicated birth in a hospital? I wimped out at the end with our first. :)
    4) Favorite Monday Mission: EGGS! Love them any which way.

  13. Meredith says

    I would love to get a copy of Real Foods for Mother and Baby – I am just starting to think about begining to try to get pregnant and my library doesn’t have a copy yet.
    I also subscribe via bloglines.

  14. says

    1) I’d love to read Real Food (or the baby one – can’t decide which!!!) because I’ve had NT for about a year and I’m still in the introduction. I’ve learned a lot, but it’s a tough read.

    2) I do subscribe in a reader

    3) My current burning question will be answered soon enough – what about canola oil? Looking forward to that post!

    4a) I blogged about it
    4b) Here is the post.

    5) My favorite Monday Mission is the one on disinfecting with peroxide and vinegar.

    6) I do follow you and this was my first ever retweet! Hope I did it right. :>)

    Whew, I’m pooped from all this entering. :>) Thanks for the chances!!
    .-= Lenetta @ Nettacow´s last blog ..Freezing Potatoes =-.

  15. Jill says

    OOOHH! I’d love to win this book. I would like to be able to better explain to others why real food is so much better.

    I subscribe.

    I love the Monday mission about plastic.


  16. says

    1. we’ve been having a food revolution here lately, and this would really fit in, plus I thin kI may be pregnant….but shhhhh we’re not really telling any one yet.
    2.I have been a subscriber since about april
    3.What is the difference between High fructose corn syrup and just corn syrup? Is corn Syrup okay to use in recipes?
    5. My favorite mission was eating more beans, it was the first one I ever tried, and I am still trying to accomplish it.
    Okay, I have never tweeted, stumbled or digged anything before, so I may have to come back when I figure out how
    .-= Staci´s last blog ..So We Got a Cell Phone… =-.

  17. Emily Lorenz says

    1. Do we have to pick one of the books? I am pregnant with our third and have had some trouble sustaining a milk supply past 6 months so would be interested (along with the other obvious reasons) in the pregnancy book, but then my practical side kicks in and says, yeah, but the other book would last a lifetime! :)
    2. I subscribe
    3. Where do you get your milk/eggs/meat? (in/near GR right?)
    4. I’ll say my current favorite mission is the latest, cause we love butter around here :)

  18. Julie says

    1. I would love the books because I have 3 boys 5 and under and am embarking on this very important mission of providing the most nutritious food.
    2. I subscribe.
    3. What was the first “big” step you made towards real food?
    4. Following and tweeting on twitter
    5. Facebooked it
    6. We love your granola bars around here.

  19. Meggan says

    1. OK, I’d like this to help bolster my background in food and nutrition, especially in attempting to show my mom about real food!
    2. I subscribe already
    3. How did you present the transition to real food to your husband? Mine has been reluctant…
    5. yogurt mission!!

  20. Mary Przybyla says

    1) I am very interested in the Real Food book. Need to keep learning along with my daughter!

    2) I subscribe via e-mail

    3) What should I do with all the red/yellow/orange peppers I bought? What was I thinking? The freezer will catch part of them for use later, but what shall I do with some fresh?

    4) I like the Chili-topped Turkey Burgers and the whole wheat pastry flour biscuits!

  21. trish rowell says

  22. says

    1. I’m really interested in the book because I’m trying to come up with the best food for my family. I think it’s important to eat healthy and I want to know more.
    2. I’m already following you in my blog reader.
    3. Question: Have you ever heard of the d’Adamo blood type diet? What do you think about it?
    6. I retweeted you 😀
    .-= kanmuri´s last blog ..Dum dum da dum, dum dum da dum… =-.

  23. says

    1) I just finished reading this book — but I borrowed it from the library. I’d LOVE my own copy. I’m planning on giving copies of it to my sisters for xmas.

    2) I’m already a subscriber.

    3) What has been the hardest real food item for you to switch your kids to? (mine has been going from low-fat to full fat yogurt)

    5) I made your homemade granola last weekend and I love it (also planning on making some for xmas gifts!) — I’m going to try the yogurt next.

  24. Mallory says

    I want to learn more about real food so I can begin to heal and nourish my body with the nutrients it needs. I have suffered from orthorexia for over almost 7 years and I am finally ready to form a positive relationship with food, but I want to make sure I give my body the right foods.

  25. Mareth says

    1) I really hope to get Real Food b/c hubby and I are really getting into this together and I think he would get a lot out of it as he is trying to catch up with me! 😉 (BTW, just sent a friend a copy of Planck’s mom/baby book as a new mom gift – thanks for letting me borrow!)
    2) I subscribe
    3) Favorite recipe (so far! there’s so many I still need to try): pancake/waffle
    4) I fb’ed about it
    5) Question: do you ever think you might want to live on a farm and raise a few animals (chickens, etc.) yourself? :-)
    6) I emailed eight “new” people

  26. says

    I would love to win either book! I read Real Food a few months ago (checked out from the library), but I’d love to own a copy. I also have Real Food for Mother and Baby on my wishlist right now.

    I’m already a subscriber to your blog! :)

    My favorite recipe from your blog so far was the detailed instruction on how to make homemade chicken stock. I’ve used this recipe successfully a number of times now, and will NEVER got back to storebought.

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..The Ants Go Marching Two By Two =-.

  27. Maria says

    1.) I really hope to get this book so that I can continue to learn about healthy living
    2.) I subscribe in reader

  28. says

    I would love to win either of these! We have a little one and have been trying to work towards eating more locally and organically. Any information I can learn is GREATLY appreciated!

    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Can I Get Some Help Here? =-.

  29. Carol W. says

    I’m interested in a comprehensive look at the foods that are important to good nutrition. That’s why I’d like to win Real Food What to Eat and Why.

    I subscribe by email.

    Which nut is currently considered the healthiest? I’ve read varying opinions.

    My favorite recipe is Tuscan Bean Soup. It’s amazing how a simple recipe can yield such tasty results.

  30. says

    Okey-dokey, here are ALL my entries! lol

    1) I would *really* love the Real Food for Mother and Baby book, because we have been trying to conceive (again) for the last year and a half. I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and have only been able to achieve one pregnancy, which resulted in a miscarriage at 8 weeks. My fertility doc wants me to try all these different drugs and treatments, but that’s not really how we do things in our house! lol…The mother and baby book is SO up my alley.

    2) I am already a happy subscriber in google reader!

    3) Do you ever “cheat” and go to McDonald’s or something of the like? If so, do you notice an effect on your health?

    4) I have blogged about this giveaway, and also about how much I love your blog!

    5) I think my favorite Monday Mission was “Switch to Butter.” It was something that I had already done some time ago, but it was great to be reminded of WHY it’s so important.

    6) Sorry, I don’t tweet!

    7) Linked on facebook!

    8) Thumbs up on StumbleUpon!

    9) Didn’t do this one

    10) Thumbs up on StumbleUpon for my favorite KS post:

    9 entries total, if I counted right. *crosses fingers*

  31. Debbie says

    I’m really interested in children and nutrition – I added the mom/baby book to my Amazon wishlist! Proud to be a regular subscriber to KS. :)

  32. says

    Referred by April up there so I think you should give her another entry. 😉

    *I have read both of these books and LOVE them! I checked them out from the library and felt rushed to get through them and would love to read them again. Most of all, I want Real Food for my personal library to lend out to people!

    *Am now subscribed in Google Reader

    *Following you and tweeted
    .-= Anjanette´s last blog ..Fix-It Friday =-.

  33. says

    I would love this book, Im currently trying hard to get my kitchen ready for the “flu” season. I want my kids and husband and of coarse me to stay healthy and be at our best. Sounds like this book would give me some really great insight on how to do that! Plus I love books, cookbooks being my fave!
    I also tweeted and facebooked this.
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Today’s Memory Verse =-.

  34. Melinda says

    Do I have to choose? I would love both these books. :) The first one has been on my want-to-read this for a while, but our library doesn’t have it. I’m thinking about having another baby, and would like to “do it right” this time, so would like the baby book.
    I subscribe in Google reader.
    My favorite mission is the meal planning – which I’m really bad at, but trying so need all the encouragement I can get.
    What are some of the things that you say to other people when talking about how you eat? I don’t know how to talk about the choices that we make with sounding totally negative/condescending about the way other people eat.

  35. says

    I’ve been trying to get through Nourishing Traditions for some time (so much good info there, but I always feel unsure where to start in that book), so when you said Real Food was so easy, I was sold.
    I just want to say how much I am thrilled to have found this blog. I already subscribe via google reader.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..thoughts on yesterday =-.

  36. Lindsay says

    1. I’d love to have another baby (we’re working on it, ahem), and I haven’t been able to get these books through my library–the list is super long!

    2. One question that I have is : what is one thing about “real food” that is “real hard” for you to do? I’ve switched to soaking my grains, eating fats, avoiding plastics and the microwave, baking almost all of our snacks, using honey in place of refine sugar, etc, etc…But fermenting my own food and LIVER are my two biggest things right now. I really hate liver; I wish it tasted like chocolate! And I’m really afraid to make saurkraut and stuff like that. I know it’s supposed to be easy, but I’m afraid of the mold growing on it and ruining it and/or making it and then no one eating it.

    3. I follow you on Google Reader.

    4. I’ve loved the missions on fats; I finally threw away the last of my veggie oil (aka GMO soy); I hate to be wasteful, but it was poison just languishing in my cabinet. I used coconut oil for almost all cooking now, and I’ve rendered my own lard. Can you say YUMMY PIE CRUST? :)

  37. Jodi says

    I am interested in Real Food because I have two young boys who are picky eaters. Maybe this will help me focus on what to prepare in the kitchen for them.
    Also, I would like to get my hands on the other book, since I am pregnant and want to be ready to know what to feed the little one when he arrives.

  38. Joann says

    I’d love to win “Real Food: What to Eat and Why” because I am always in need of resources for good information to give to my friends and acquaintances who inquire about eating healthier.

    I was wondering if you’ve ever tackled the “cream of….” condensed soup problem with casseroles. An alternative?

  39. Joanna Miller says

    I’d love to win either one of these books. Nourishing Traditions was pretty overwhelming for me, and I’ve gone through a few years of circumstances making it hard to focus on food and nutrition the way I want to. But now I’m nursing my 6th baby, and want to get back to where we were, and ultimately even eat healthier. These books would be a valuable resource for me, I can tell!

  40. Stephanie says

    I am interested in Real Foods to get and stay healthy, hopefully helping my family avoid a lot of health issues I think are related to diet.

    I already subscribe.

  41. Jessica says

    Hi! I’m interested in real food from an academic but also a personal perspective. As a vegetarian for a very long time it is so interesting to hear the Real Food take on factory farming, and also the emphasis on eating things that are ACTUALLY FOOD- Not industrial waste or artificial substitutes for other products! Now, I am very much into educating my peers as to what their “meat substitutes” and “faux cheeses” are actually made of….and love to read any book about this I can get my hands on!

    I retweeted this ( and also followed you on twitter.