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 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…
I 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.
- The Fertility Diet
- Food for Mother and Baby (in utero)
- Infants and Breastfeeding
- First Foods for Baby
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY – THANKS FOR ENTERING!
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.
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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 random.org’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.