Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

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A full-spectrum nutritional cookbook with a startling message--animal fats and cholesterol are vital factors in the human diet, necessary for reproduction and normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Includes information on how to prepare grains, health benefits of bone broths and enzyme-rich lacto-fermented foods.

Customer Reviews:

  • Calling all non European food writers
    The pot roast recipe is excellent. I have made it twice and I've never made pot roast before. It is brined overnight in buttermilk - I marinated it for three nights- and it was fall-apart tender. My boss and my roommate who were both raised on pot roast loved it, but didnt know about the buttermilk method.

    Also great suggestions for how to use up raw cream. The whey recipes are great- esp for anyone looking for how to use raw milk up. I think this is her strength.

    However I am not a big fan of her nontraditional methods, which she applies to all non-European recipes. If you can't be be bothered in presenting authentic recipes representing ancient traditions easily found in immigrant homes across America, then don't attempt it or it damages credibility of the traditional food cause.

    What I'd like to see more of from Sally Fallon is what she does well--locate traditional European recipes. How about a French recipe for cooking potatoes in duck fat, rendering fat from beef bones and storing it, a good Polish cabbage roll, and a Norweigan recipe for how to use smoked kippers, and Southern recipe for tinned salmon croquettes.

    The cause needs an author who has the connections to find those recipes from immigrant chefs who remember these traditions firsthand. They are all over the US.

    So dont forget to include the authentic Indian coconut chutney, actual Chinese beef tendon soup or chicken bone broth soups, honest to goodness Jewish chicken foot soup, real Japanese tallow fried Okinawan entrees, Filipino chicken adobo, authentic Korean short ribs and sol lung tang marrow soup, and the genuine Mexican beef shank soup like caldo de res, menudo and other fine recipes before presenting them.

    Any West Price fans out there in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco or Portland who want to write the missing volume? Come on!

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  • More than a cookbook
    More than a cookbook--more like an encyclopedia. Provides great recipes, plus additional information, such as sources of products. Detailed explanation of nutritional aspects makes the book educational. Comprehensive indices make finding things easy. ...more info
  • The title of the book says it all
    This cookbook offers a way of food preparation to aspire to but never reach. It offers simple preparation tips and is filled with interesting tid-bits about the history of cooking and diets. I recommend this book to everyone on earth....more info
  • Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Animals
    My seven word title is the gist of this book, although I could have added, "and stuff derived from animals". Obviously I'm a fan of Michael Pollan's "In Defense Of Food".

    While "Nourishing Traditions" may appeal to a segment of the North America population who long for the good ole days, it's out of step with what's been learned about the healing benefits of plant-based nutrition, and in particular, cruciferous vegetables.

    Before you buy into the "It's all the fault of processed foods" theory, read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, and then his In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.

    After that, if you're still longing for raw cows milk, read Colin Campbell's The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.

    To say Nourishing Traditions is politically incorrect is a gross understatement. It's incorrect in many other ways as well.

    Six or seven years ago a friend of mine underwent bypass surgery, when he was in his mid-sixties. Shortly after that he stumbled on to the Weston A. Price Foundation, where he met Mary & Sally. They told him what he wanted to hear. His heart disease was all the fault of processed foods. High-fat animal foods are heart healthy! Cholesterol is a nutrient!

    Not too long after that he took up running, and I first met him at a pub run. I also had become quite interested in nutrition, especially after reading John Robbins' The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World. Needless to say, while we were both in agreement on the dangers of processed foods, we had near polar-opposite views on animal-based foods. We passed information back and forth for a while, but neither one swayed the other. Finally we just agreed to disagree.

    About two and a half years ago, while running alone on an intown trail in some pretty cold weather, my friend passed out for a good chunk of time. As it turned out, from lack of blood-flow to his brain.

    A few months later he told the surgeon who restored greater blood-flow through his most severely blocked carotid artery that he now intended to adopt a plant-based diet. He was quite surprised by his doctor's response. "If it were me, that's what I'd do". He later told me, "So they know!"

    To be fair, my friend likes to eat what is probably the worst processed food out there for someone with severe cardiovascular disease. Ice-cream....more info
  • Tremendous!!
    The most informative, helpful and knowageable book on food and nutrition we've seen. It has become a permanent addition to our kitchen table. The pages will soon be worn from use and they are already splattered with food particles from the receipes. WONDERFUL. If you want to improve your health buy this book. Thank you Sally. ...more info
  • Brilliant
    Read the book.A question for the Low-Fat Politically Correct people :
    Did your ancestors, whether they be from Rome,Africa,Central America,Norway,etc., ever eat a low-fat diet? Think about it and thank your ancestors they were obviously doing something right before the pharmacuetical & low-fat industries came along.........more info
  • Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
    In this day and age of American obesity it is time to get back to nature, to get back to what's really "GOOD" for us. Some many diet fads and crazes can make someone who's just trying to be healthy go insane. This cookbook has so much knowledge as well as great recipes. It is a fairly big change to how most of us eat but once you know you really can't go back. This book changed my life for the better....more info
  • Feeding my Family!
    This book has changed my life. I was just 2 months pregnant with my fifth child and feeling like my body was being subtracted, for lack of a better term, to build the child. I had always had feelings like this while pregnant, but this time it was unbearable. I knew I needed some powerful nutrition! At the same time, my 7-year-old son was told by the dentist to get multiple fillings for multiple minor cavities, and to increase his fluoride exposure. (We had already been using fluoride-free toothpaste). I told the dentist that I saw fluorosis on his teeth and that since he was symptomatic of fluoride overdose (as the fluorosis showed), I could not give him yet more fluoride! She did not argue with me. I won't be going back there. So I did some research and found that this book purported to have the dietary answer to tooth decay, being based on the work of Weston A. Price. I was delighted to discover a wealth of wisdom and information; I switched us to the NT diet. We'll never be the same! Within one week I felt so much better and have only continued to improve. My children now *refuse* to eat sugar (YES, IT'S TRUE!), and damaged places on my teeth are growing back. My sons faces have begun to widen, and best of all, my baby was born with a beautifully spacious set of dental arches! Oh, and my formerly chronically ill husband is no longer sick and has put on much-needed weight, along with energy, mental clarity, and a cheerful disposition!

    Full disclosure: I worked hard to get us here. There are a lot of "hard parts" to implementing this diet fully, but it is entirely worth the effort!...more info
  • must have!!
    This cookbook is a must have. I learned so much about how foods are supposed to be prepared, that I had never even heard of before. This is phenomenal resource for learning about the body and how it actually uses natural fats and how they are good for you. This is a must read. I take it with me everywhere and read a little at a time. It seems there is more to learn on every page....more info
  • The one cookbook I use over and over again
    If I were to keep one of my cookbooks, THIS would be it. The recipes are wonderful and delicious, not to mention healthy and traditional. My kids are thriving following Ms. Fallon's recommendations on dairy, fermentation and grains.

    For the recipes alone, this book is essential. Equally compelling, though, are the explanations on traditional diets and healthful eating, I would recommend this book to ANYONE....more info
  • Good nutrition information, good recipes
    At first, when I got this book, I was intimidated by the fact that many of the recipes use whey, which you probably need to produce yourself. The first recipe that looked doable was the sourdough bread. I liked the fact that there's only flour, salt and water in it, and that it has one long rising time, and keeping a running pot of sourdough starter for the next batch. Recently though, I produced some whey, and we used it for millet, beet kvass and porridge. I feel good about the way we're eating because of this book.
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  • This cookbook Improved my life
    This cookbook has faults, some of which have been accurately described by reviewers here, and certainly a busy single person like me cannot spend the hours in the kitchen which it would take to derive all his nutrition from these recipes. However simply by using this book once in a while I have improved not only my enjoyment of cooking and eating but also my health. After pancakes and muffins that are made by soaking the flour in yogurt first, after soups made from these broths, after make real fermented foods a part of one's diet, one will find it very hard to go back to eating any other way. Not only this, but for me this book was the beginning of serious thinking about how we live and how nature and culture can work together--with food only the starting point.

    The biggest problem for me was the amount of advanced planning this book requires. It is not fun to start a dish and then realise that something needs to be soaked twnty-four hours before being used. But once one gets accustomed to advanced planning--simply deciding the night before what one wants the next day and taking the requisite steps--it becomes easy and natural and in the end saves energy as, when one begins to cook, much of the work has already been done.

    As an education, as a way of having fun (really!), as a new and better way of understanding life, as a key to health and as a source of delicious recipes, I cannot recommend this book highly enough....more info
  • Reclaim your health one meal at a time.
    Nourishing Traditions provides recipes and reasons, not only for personal health but for the health of the planet. Far more than just a cookbook, Nourishing Traditions is life changing. I believed I was nutritionally aware, until this book. Traditional foods, traditional methods. Reclaim the health for yourself and your family, one meal at a time.

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  • Nourishing Traditions
    NOURISHING TRADITIONS is the Nutrition Bible for the world. This book explains the diet of peoples around the world who never had disease. Current research is now proving the importance of the right type of fats in balance. Plastic fats made from processed vegetable oils are causing many disease and ill health. Saturated fats are not the villains. Raw cows milk from pasture fed animals, organic eggs from free range chickens may not give a variety in the diet but you do get better health!
    Read this book, try the recipes and be healthy!

    I have studied with Sally Fallon whose book is based on the research of Dr Weston A Price who lived with 14 groups of people around the world for 10 years at the end of the 1030s and into the 1940s. Become enlightened and become healthy. Lose weight and rebuild your immune system.

    Trevor Savage ND Kinesiologist, N.O.T. Instructor [...]
    Brisbane Australia +61732644316...more info
  • Not just a cookbook
    This is a book I picked up at my in-laws one weekend and ended up ordering it on Amazon that night. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. This is a life changing book, not just a cookbook or your average nutrition book. I thought I was pretty informed about nutrition until I read this and I am learning so much on how food is processed and how this affects my health as well as much much more. This is all backed up with research and references. Everyone should own a copy of this book and I will be buying it for everyone I know.

    Michelle Johnson...more info
    The author does a good job of documenting what is wrong with our diets and why. However, the recipes are extremely vague. For example, the crepe recipe on page 481 says to "heat a heavy skillet" but does not specify what temperature or setting. She also says "beat several minutes" which is open to interpretation. On the organ meats recipes, this may be a first for many people and getting these organs can be an ordeal, even for a farmer who raises meat like myself. As the butchers have to be specifically asked for these parts. In addition, those not living near the ocean or fresh, safe seafood like those in the Bible belt cannot partake in these recipes like Roe. And how many people out there have access to Venison, and beef heart, veal or lamb kidneys, sweetbreads and brains all at the same time? One of her recipes calls for 2 quarts of chicken stock that you are supposed to make yourself. It calls for a whole chicken or the parts and about $10 of other ingredients. Unless you are a Wall Street tycoon or have infinite amounts of money, many recipes in this book seems geared toward chefs, not average people. ...more info
  • Well researched and factual
    This book is different from other cook books, in that it gives not only good recipes, but also gives the health reasons for the various ingredients. These ingredients usually cost more than the mass produced, over processed run of mill grocery items. The author gives well researched medical nutrition reasons for using these less common, usually more expensive foods. Anyone who cooks this way will spend more at the grocery store but much less at the doctors office and pharmacy. The big pay-off isn't money, but being healthier in the long run. The basic premise is: Less processing of foods from their natural state translates to better health....more info
  • more than satisfied
    Thank you for the super service. The book came timely and in good shape. ...more info
  • Wonderful collection of whole food recipes
    Aimed at correcting nutritional myths this book is educational and has fabulous recipes. For anyone who wants to explore the world of eating whole foods and learning how to help food work with your body for optimum health. Recipes are accompanied by interesting stories or facts. Everything thing I have tried has been fabulous. Some recipes call for a sugar called Rapadura, which can be found online or at larger health food chains, just fyi since I had a little trouble finding it. ...more info
  • Connecting with our roots!
    Although Nourishing Traditions features more than 700 recipes, the book is much more than a cook book - more of a nutrition book that as the title says: challenges what most people today consider politically correct nutrition. Fallon and Enig argue that despite the enormous amounts of money spent on healthcare and research chronic diseases and illnesses such as heart disease, allergies, cancer, immune disorders and diabetes are occurring in record numbers as a result of our modern diet and that the secret to enjoy a long and healthy life is to use the nourishing traditions of our ancestors. This includes:

    * Eating whole foods including dairy. Animal foods should come from pasture-raised animals and fish from deep-sea waters and dairy should be raw.

    * Use of preparation methods of our ancestors for optimal nutrient absorption, for optimal digestion and to make foods delicious. This includes soaking of beans, nuts and grains in acidic water (homemade whey water, water with added balsamic vinegar or umebushi vinegar), sprouting of grains, making use of chicken, beef and fish stocks and broths.

    * All parts of the animal consumed should ideally be eaten - (skinless, boneless chicken breast are out of the question!)

    * Natural fermentation; a) of vegetables such as relishes, pickles and sauerkraut for better digestion of grains, beans and protein b) lacto fermentation - to promote helpful enzymes and antibiotic substances of dairy and to extract whey used in the pickling process mentioned above. Fallon and Enig raise the question of whether many modern viruses are the result of the fact that our intestinal flora is out of balance. Something that they claim could be prevented through intake of friendly bacteria.

    * Avoidance of all processed and refined foods, animal protein with additives and preservatives, any foods with artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners.

    The book challenges politically correct nutrition primarily because it encourages the intake of rather large amounts of saturated fats (up to 50% of fat content should be saturated). It declares animal fats and cholesterol friends that are necessary in everybody's diet for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Furthermore Fallon and Enig discourage intake of polyunsaturated fats as `excess consumption has been shown to contribute to a large number of disease conditions including increased cancer and heart disease, immune system dysfunction, damage to the liver, reproductive organs and longs, digestive disorders, depressed learning ability, impaired growth, and weight gain.' (p.10)

    Nourishing Traditions serves as a valid reference full of advice and ideas especially on `how to' prepare and preserve our foods the traditional way, which is an art that many of us have lost. The book also has a thorough introduction to macro-nutrients (part about fats is especially informative), vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

    The emphasis on such high intake of animal protein and fats will likely make the reading of this book quite challenging and thought provoking for many. However, even people who eat very little or even no animal food (like myself), will find useful information on how to cook and prepare grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables for better digestibility and nutrient absorption.

    I have owned the book for a few years now and use it on a regular basis, mostly as a reference book. To me it has proved interesting and useful. I like the idea of using the knowledge and traditions of our ancestors. At times, however, the research used to back up some of the statements appear a little dated and quite one-sided....more info
  • good book
    I would prefer more tabulated, visually pleasant version of this book, plus maybe some pictures, graphs, something to look at and remember, otherwise its a looot of reading especially for somebody with a little time; other than that - good book, and I believe good recipes - haven't tried yet...more info
  • One of my favorite books of all time!!!!!!
    If you care about your own health, GET THIS BOOK! It is a valuable resource of info on not just recipes, but also there are so many exerpts from other books and journals on the subject of food and its link to health.

    I started eliminating sugar from my diet, and my health has improved a lot. I had been getting symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, but after eliminating refined sugar and flour from my diet and drinking raw milk, the symptoms have gone! My wrist joint had been swollen and very painful, I couldn't even lift my son because it hurt so much. After kicking the sugar habit (you have to read labels, that junk is in almost every processed food), I started feeling so much better, and after a few months my joint is back to normal, the swelling went down and it has not come back, even if the weather gets cold!

    This is one book I recommend to all my family and friends.

    The only thing I had to modify were some recipes. Like with the pancake recipe, when I followed it exactly my pancakes were too runny, more like crepes. I just added a bit more flour and that solved the problem. I made the breakfast pastries, but they didn't rise and they turned into flat crumbly cookies. Other than that, the other recipes I tried were great!

    I also have stronger teeth, I had gotten a tooth abscess and it was infected (it was throbbing and there was a swelling under my gum). I was scared to go to the dentist, so I took 3 cloves of garlic, minced them, put them in broth and simmered them for only a minute, then ate it all. I did this for about 3 days and it stopped the infection. To get rid of the abscess you have to get a cotton ball, wet it and dip it in baking soda/salt, then put it against the abscess under your gum. That will eventually pop the abscess. I then started drinking raw milk and stopped eating sugar and my tooth is getting a lot better! It used to feel 'loose' in my mouth and I couldn't bite down on that side for the longest time. Now I am using that side of my mouth to chew and it feels stronger already.

    I made the raw salmon salad (using lemon and lime juice to 'cook' it) and it was excellent! It tasted like it was cooked, but it retained the vitamin B6 by not heat treating it. Once I can get some organic beef, I'm going to try kibbeh or steak tartare. Awesome book!! I can't recommend it enough. ...more info
  • Back to traditions
    Great book that reviews healthier traditions of many cultures and of our past that covers preparation of foods that are healthier than our modern culture. Something we seriously need to look at and implement in this toxic culture we have created. I commend her book. It is a great reference book as well as recipe book. Everyone whould have this in their health library....more info
  • Natural Health-recipes
    I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in healthy living and eating....more info
  • Finally, real information!
    Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions is fantastic. Finally a book that explains fats, proteins, sugars, the lot and in language I can understand without needing a diploma in chemistry! I haven't tried many of the recipes yet but have changed our families eating habits and we are all enjoying flavoursome food again, just like when we were small! How quickly we get sucked into the supermarket ready to eat mentality. Thank you!...more info
  • A Little Quirky
    I thought I knew a lot about nutrition until I read this book. While some of the recipes seem very strange, "Make Your own Whey!" and some ingredients I have never been able to find, the book has been very helpful, especially the section on feeding babies, and the tidbits of information in the sidebars is great....more info
  • Not my style
    Ive heard so much talk and read a lot of print that elevates the book. I was really dissapointed when I got it and started looking through it. I just thought.." I spent my money on this?" If I would have had the book to browse through, it would have stayed on the shelf. The information she gives is good, but the recipes are over the top wierd. I mean I can see some odd or novel things but really, Fermented Shrimp Paste? I would much more like to see more recipes for the sprouted flours and information pertaining to that, but Im not into all the lacto fermented scene nor the organ meats. Dairy is a bad deal too, and best stayed away from. I have an issue with a lot of the Weston Price info on milk and organ meats and I find it hard to swallow, litterally and figuratively. Coming from an herbalist background, It doesnt sit well with me. Wouldnt have bought this recipe book, but maybe a reference book on the types of food prep alternatives IF I was interested in them. Not worth my money....more info
  • Nourishing Traditions
    Having already assembled an extensive library of nutritional information it's an understatement to say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased at both the quality and practicality of so much long lost knowledge so well presented in Ms. Fallon's excellent book, Nourishing Traditions. Reading it transports me back to my own childhood years (the 50s) on my grandparents little farm, where nearly everything we ate was home grown - and we were never sick! Nourishing Traditions confirms in simple, concise layman's language what I always suspected, that most modern processed foods aren't fit for man or beast. It also reveals many of the little "secrets" that my grandmother's innate and old-fashioned knowledge utilized to keep all who entered her house well fed and healthy.
    So far I have personally purchased 10 copies (1 for each of our kids, 1 for my doctor, the rest for wedding gifts) and recommend it to anyone with a health issue who will listen to nutritional information. Anyone can read and understand it.
    Besides all of the above, I quickly came to consider it the most user-friendly health-related book in my library. It is now my first "go to" for health or nutritional information. Thanks to the authors and publisher for a superb and valuable piece of work and thanks to Amazon for making it available at such a reasonable price.
    Keith Lunders
    Elk River, Idaho ...more info
  • The basics of eating for a healthy life
    This is an excellent book, and one that has opened my eyes to so many possibilities concerning how to eat well, particularly as I get older. As well as recipes, there are explanations about cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, and other helpful, intelligent explanations for why Americans have so many illnesses, compared to other peoples. I would recommend it to anyone who cares about well-being and eating nutritious meals that are not expensive. It takes a change of mind set to cook according to many of the recipes, but is well worth it....more info
  • REAL nutrition advice
    Buy this book!! It has REAL advice and common sense about nutrition. Our ancestors weren't stupid, not everything should be relegated to an "Old wives tale" This is REAL food; not processed, fake "stuff" passed off as food. This book could help you regain your health and protect you from disease down the road....more info
  • Best book ever written
    This book is so informative I have bought it for my son and his wife, everyone needs to know the value of food. Sally and Mary have put in so much detail about the benefits of good wholesome foods. I now make my own Kefir, lacto fermented veges, broths and much more. My book is marked with a high light pen as well as flags, as there is so much to look back on and re read or find a page quickly to tell someone else the good news....more info
  • Love this book!
    I love the principles in this book. Great recipes too. There are especially good recipes on ethnic foods like curry and peanut sauces and sauces with coconut milk!
    So many little fact tidbits written to the side of each page so it's a wealth of info.
    If you value your health and love learning new nutrition ideas, then you'll love this book....more info
    This is the best health/nutrition/cookbook I have ever owned. I am so glad that I found out about it. It reveals many health issues of which I was unaware. From what oils should and should not be heated to the dangers of cooking with aluminum cookware. This is a must read for all who value their health and longevity. The little anecdotes at the sides of the page are extremely enlightening also. DEFINITELY worth the money [in fact worth more...but don't raise the price;)]...more info
    Nourishing Traditions is an exciting book for me as it makes sense of healthy eating and shows up all those fad upon fad books. She is keen on what kept many many old and ancient civilisations healthy and it seems that natural fermentation and natural ways of keeping foods from going off also promote good digestion. I can't explain it as well as she so I wont. I was converted from the moment I read her. It was easy for me to get absorbed and remember what she said, so I am happy about that too... many health books go way over my head. The recipes I've tried are good and the general advice is helpful. I love the book... it's my food and health bible now....more info
  • Intensely Interesting and Informative
    I read about this book on websites about culturing foods. Then I read the reviews on The book is all it says it is and lives up to the rave reviews. It is worth every cent. Ms. Fallon explains the why and wherefor of food in general and culturing food. She also tells you about the food you buy at the grocery store. I threw out my bottles of vegetable oil and boxes of cereal after reading what she had to say. The recipes are good, too! There are LOTS of recipes....more info
  • Very informative with great recipes
    I am continuing to work my way through this book. I skip around based on my interests. As a friend commented, I don't want it to make me a "food Nazi," but I do think we need to return to more basic, nutritious real food and this book helps us get there....more info
  • Some sound advice, poorly written recipes
    There is some sound advice, but this is poorly written. The first section is hard to read due to its being packed full of facts that seem to not connect with each other. One must read very carefully to get the gist of the sections about "Carbohydrates", "Fats", et cetera.

    There are some interesting recipes, to be sure, but too often the ingredients are not written in the order they're used in the recipe, which is the way most recipes should be written. For example, a recipe for homemade baby formula starts out with dissolving gelatin in the water specified in the recipe...but both gelatin and recipe are about 3/4s of the way down in the ingredient list. It doesn't make for easy cooking. Not all the recipes are like this, but enough are to show inconsistency in the editing and writing process.

    Then, too, the section on "Desserts" seems very much like it was written by a sufferer of multiple personality syndrome...while the recipes call for various sweeteners (and even white flour, typically a taboo food in the rest of the cookbook), the sidebar sections warn of the dire consequences of eating sweet foods. If the author is so dead set against sweet foods and desserts in the name of radiant health, why include recipes for them? It is confusing.

    There are some interesting, even sound bits of nutritional advice in this book. If you can get it from the library, comb through it. I learned that soy is not an optimal food and have reduced my intake of it considerably. Coconut oil does indeed help with health. A strict vegetarian diet is not the healthiest for every individual. But I wouldn't buy this book, as it will most likely just sit on your shelves, taking up space....more info
  • Best raw food and macrobiotic book overall that I've read
    This book met all my expectations and more. Out of the numerous books on nutrition and a raw food lifestyle, I recommend it as the best first book to read....more info
  • Another review
    As one other commenter mentioned, circular reasoning abounds with the teaching in this cookbook. Circular reasoning ALSO abounds in the people who follow the teachings in this book. Those of us who dare to question any of the "arguments" Fallon provides are marginialized.

    The teachings her followers subscribe to are blogged about with great "authority" (as if they themselves were expert nutritionists), and the followers of her teachings treat those who question them with exclusivity against others who disagree with certain of her "findings" by "unpublished studies". Much of the expert advice in her book have been addressed here.

    There seems to be an aire of "heightened spiritual salvation by nutrition" in many of Fallon's followers. "Their god is their belly."

    Someone mentioned MLM's. That was the first thing that I thought of, too. Many of those MLM's have come a knocking to try to convince me that their exclusive nutritional food was going to change my life. It changed my wallet, is all. And, for what it's worth, I've had respected, nutritional teachings by REAL nutritionists since 1978, and some of what Fallon teaches "may not" harm people, but some of it certainly can, and is based on unconvincing folklore. This cookbook is one that gets a once read-over (from a loaned copy), but then be sure to go back to basics without Fallon's (or her follower's) advice for healthy eating and nutrition. ...more info
  • nourishing for the mind
    This is an incredible book for anyone that wants to get back to the basics. A real eye opener of how things used to be. great information great recipies....more info
  • Nourishing Traditions
    This is so much more than a cook book! It gives the reasons behind food preparation, and the scientific information to refute popular missconceptions about what foods are "good" for you and what is "bad". The recipies are well written and easy to understand, and the results are wonderful. The companion book "The Fourfold Path to Healing", will help reinforce your understanding of the principles behind proper food preparation, and give you the scientific proof for why cooking this way will lead to health. You will understand the "French paradox", and enjoy real food again! This book has literally changed my life!...more info
  • Full of information
    I use this book almost daily. I refer to it both for recipes and also for the amazing amount of information it has in it. Love it! An absolute must for anyone interested in the traditional foods way of eating and living. ...more info
  • Back to basics and common sense
    LOVED, loved, loved this book. Great Anatomy and Physiology review of how the body works and why to eat natural foods. Loads of common sense and the recipies are easy and yummy! ...more info
  • Can't be trusted
    I cannot believe or trust an author beginning with the premise that one's body requires animal fats (an absolute falsehood). Given that major error, everything that follows in this book is suspect....more info
  • More than just a cook book...
    More than just a cook book but a way of life and so much more!...more info
  • Ehh..It's just so-so.
    This cookbook is pretty much a vegetarian's nightmare. It is loaded with a lot of "meaty" recipes and not very many good veggie recipes. However, it does provide some overall good dietary info....more info
  • a MUST have for all personal libraries
    if you want to live/eat healthy this book is TOTALLY for you, foods the way they have been traditionally eaten FULL of enzymes and beneficial nutrients, a MUST HAVE for those that want to eat healthy and get off the processed food nutritional nitemare. and it doesnt take as long as you think, just plan things out a little bit more ahead of time....more info


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