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100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love [NOOK Book]

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Simple, family-friendly recipes and practical advice to help you ditch processed food and eat better every day!

Thanks to Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake was given the wake-up call of her life when she realized that many of the foods she was feeding her family were actually "foodlike substances." So she, her husband, and their two young girls completely overhauled their diets by pledging to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods—a challenge ...

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100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love

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Overview

Simple, family-friendly recipes and practical advice to help you ditch processed food and eat better every day!

Thanks to Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake was given the wake-up call of her life when she realized that many of the foods she was feeding her family were actually "foodlike substances." So she, her husband, and their two young girls completely overhauled their diets by pledging to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods—a challenge she opened to readers on her blog. What she thought would be a short-term experiment turned out to have a huge impact on her personally. After wading through their fair share of challenges, experiencing unexpected improvements in health, and gaining a preference for fresh, wholesome meals, the Leakes happily adopted their commitment to real food as their "new normal."

Now Lisa shares her family's story, offering insights and cost-conscious recipes everyone can use to enjoy wholesome natural food prepared with easily found ingredients such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seafood, locally raised meats, whole-milk dairy products, nuts, natural sweeteners, and more.

Filled with step-by-step instructions, this hands-on cookbook and guide includes:

  • Advice for navigating the grocery store and making smart real food purchases
  • Tips for reading ingredient labels
  • 100 quick-and-easy recipes for such favorites as Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale Pesto Cream Sauce, Cheesy Broccoli Casserole, The Best Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker, and Cinnamon-Glazed Popcorn
  • Meal plans and suggestions for kid-pleasing school lunches, parties, and snacks
  • A 10-day mini-starter program, and much more.

100 Days of Real Food offers all the support, encouragement, and guidance you'll need to make these incredibly important and timely life changes.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
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Charleston Post & Courier
“Very detailed and comprehensive.…If you’re ready to take the challenge, this is an excellent handbook.”
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“Perfect for those who are trying to ditch processed foods.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062324092
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 34,742
  • File size: 29 MB
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Meet the Author

Lisa Leake is the creator of the wildly popular 100 Days of Real Food blog, which in just a few years garnered more than one million Facebook fans and approximately four million monthly page views. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Matthews, North Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Just a word to the wise.  If you are a regular follower of the b

    Just a word to the wise.  If you are a regular follower of the blog, this book isn't going to give you alot of new information.  The 70 "new" recipes that are not already featured on her blog started coming up short.  A hummus sandwhich with bread, pre-made hummus and greens, I would not call a recipe. Oatmeal with one of her reco'd sweetners, again, a recipe?

    This might be a good read for someone new to real food, but I don't think it was fairly advertised to her blog followers as such.  I give it 1 star specifically because I think her ardant supporters are raising their voices so loudly that regular people like me will just be frustrated for buying something with so little incremental value to her blog.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    The recipes in the book are basic, and not creative or unique. S

    The recipes in the book are basic, and not creative or unique. She actually tells you how to make a sandwich. There are many real food cookbooks that are much better. Save your money for one of them. You can juat read her blog for and get everything you would get out of this book. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    I have followed Lisa's blog for a few years. I really enjoy it,

    I have followed Lisa's blog for a few years. I really enjoy it, and have used some of her recipes and tips. However, I returned my cookbook to BN yesterday. I was really excited to go and buy it, but I was very disappointed. To be fair, if you are new to cooking and have never read her blog, this would be a wonderful resource. However, for an experienced cook this book falls flat. The recipes are VERY simple think chicken noodle soup, berry sauce, and popcorn. A lot of the recipes are on the blog, and many others are commonly found recipes where she just replaced the white flour/sugar, etc. It was not worth the money. I don't mind that the first part of the book was basically directly from the blog. I wouldn't expect that part of be anything new. But I did expect new and more original recipes. I will continue to follow them on Facebook and keep up with the blog. I just will not be purchasing any future books from Lisa, and wouldn't recommend this one to anyone who isn't completely new to cooking.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

    This book is beautiful, practical and meaningful, walking reader

    This book is beautiful, practical and meaningful, walking readers through the transformation from processed and packaged eating to Real Food. I love the Why aspect as much as the How.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    The 100 Days of Real Food cookbook is fantastic, as is Lisa's bl

    The 100 Days of Real Food cookbook is fantastic, as is Lisa's blog. This sounds a little funny but sometimes I feel like Lisa Leake is my real food mom. The same way I would turn to my own parents for homework help, advice, etc. I turn to Lisa and her blog for real food help. She certainly has me more than covered! I ran over to the book store to pick up the cookbook right after school and I tore through the entire thing in two days....yes two days. I feel like I am having a conversation with Lisa while reading the book. She does a great job of the how and why of real food, compelling you to make the switch rather that condemning your for not eating real food already. Her website was the wake-up call I need. After using her advice and resources for over 6 months, I feel 100 times happier and healthier. I am a high school Junior and am currently undertaking 6 IB and 1 AP classes. Let;s just say I don't have much extra time on my hands. Still, I somehow found a way to make SEVEN  of Lisa's recipes yesterday, in a 12 hour span. I made and devoured or froze French Toast, Refried Beans, Slow Cooker Potato Soup, a Hummus Sandwich, Tomato Pie, Peanut Butter Cookies, and Quick Cinnamon Raisin Bread....yum!!! Five of the recipes are included in her AMAZING cookbook. Lisa has allowed me to each so much better and keeps me motivate to try and convince my reluctant parents and sisters to do the same...it's not easy being the only real foodie. The cookbook has magnificent recipes, wonderful pictures, and an amazing author who makes your feel so blessed and cared for. Anyone looking to eat healthier needs to pick up this cookbook immediately. I was going to mark all of the recipes I wanted to try but then I realized I would have to mark all 100 of them. The only thing disappearing faster than the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook is the recipes off my plate. Thanks Lisa for being such a great real food foodie!  

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    I¿m a huge fan of Lisa Leake¿s blog, so when I heard she was pub

    I’m a huge fan of Lisa Leake’s blog, so when I heard she was publishing a cookbook I couldn’t wait to check it out! I love cookbooks with lots of photos, and 100 Days of Food includes a drool worthy full page photo of each and every recipe! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in cutting out processed foods and pursuing a real food lifestyle including whole grains, nuts, healthy fats and oils, fresh fruits and veggies and natural sweeteners. Lisa has lots of practical advice for making the change with her 10 day and 100 day pledges.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    I've been following Lisa's blog for a year and a half now. It co

    I've been following Lisa's blog for a year and a half now. It completely transformed the way I think about our food and where it comes from. Her first cookbook is exactly what I expected...and that's a good thing! It's full of all the information a 'newbie' needs to learn how to eat real, but also a ton of tips, school lunch ideas, new recipes, and even family dinner conversation starters. What is so great about her book (and blog) is that her "voice" is so relatable to so many people. She grew up eating processed foods like so many of us...yet she was able to transform the way her family eats...and now is transforming the way millions of other families eat! This is a must have book for everyone!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    As a registered dietitian, I'm constantly educating the public o

    As a registered dietitian, I'm constantly educating the public on how to eat real food. What a breath of fresh air to have someone on board with this concept! Lisa will make a huge difference in many lives through this book. She gives practical advice along with quick, easy, & healthy recipes in this book. She covers feeding a family, how to read ingredient lists, and how to eat real food on a budget. I was planning to do a giveaway with the book it but now I'll have to buy another copy to keep for myself.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    The way we all wished we ate

    I read this book in hopes of improving my own eating habits! So far....not as much as they did! I did however found useful information in taking small steps to improve.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2014

    This book is on my Christmas list! I don't usually ask for books

    This book is on my Christmas list! I don't usually ask for books but I got this from the library and now want to own my own copy. Lisa is inspiring 
    to me and I am trying to feed myself and my family better.

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I am considering to by this book as a present for a few people this Christmas, because I liked it so much.
    So far my family liked all her recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Great food education

    For those needing a food makeover, this has tons of information about how to make healthy food choices. Recipes aren't very complicated, so it's a great additiion to my recipe book collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Lisa Leake has managed to take the cookbook from so-so to fabulo

    Lisa Leake has managed to take the cookbook from so-so to fabulous. This 360-page book is a must-have resource for every kitchen out there. Seriously. Not only does Leake present some amazing recipes, but she seasons the pages with wisdom and more information than a brain can hold in one sitting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    I have waited for Lisa's book for a long time and I am super exc

    I have waited for Lisa's book for a long time and I am super excited to finally have it in my hands. The pictures are stunning. The recipes are delicious. There is so much practical information in this book. It is so much more than a cookbook. This books offers an entire course in real food shopping, food prep, and label reading. If you buy one book to help with your transition to real food then this should be it! Lisa has helped me take my family from eating fast food 3 times a day to eating real food more than 80% of the time. We haven't seen a fast food burger in over 2 years now and it's all thanks to Lisa's advice and recipes. Not only does she know her stuff, but she is a great cook as well. Many of her recipes are now our family favorites.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

    This cookbook is fantastic. It gives great information that is e

    This cookbook is fantastic. It gives great information that is easy to understand and put into practice. The recipes are fantastic. The food is wholesome and full of flavor & the instructions are simple. This would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook/bake!

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

    I love this cookbook, I just wish it would have come out sooner.

    I love this cookbook, I just wish it would have come out sooner. Lisa make clean eating simple to understand and breaks it down for anyone new to not eating processed food. the recipes are the best for family's with children .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    I was expecting a cookbook full of recipes, but what I got inste

    I was expecting a cookbook full of recipes, but what I got instead was a great lesson on why processed food is bad for us, and truly doable ways to reduce and even eliminate them from our diet.

    The first half of the book is all text, and covers everything you could hope for - what is "real food" (it's food that has been minimally processed), why processed food has adverse effects, examples of real vs. processed food, what to look for (and look out for) in nutrition and ingredient labels, as well as discussion about controversial/difficult topics like GMO's, organic vs. conventional food, sugar, meat consumption and more. There are also many practical tips on how to eat real food, including strategies for shopping, budgeting, meal planning, and making gradual changes.

    The second half of the book is the recipes, and while I haven't made any yet, they all look very manageable - much more practical and real world than, say, Thomas Keller's recipes. There are useful ideas for school lunches for the kids, as well as homemade versions of popular processed items like ranch dressing and taco seasoning.

    If you have any interest in changing how and what you eat, 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake is a definite must-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    I absolutely love this cookbook! I know how important it is to e

    I absolutely love this cookbook! I know how important it is to eat real food but Lisa's book really lays it all out there for you. I can't wait to start cooking from the book and switching ingredients that I use for healthier options. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Beautiful cookbook. Great for families looking to start cutting

    Beautiful cookbook. Great for families looking to start cutting out processed foods.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    As a wife, mother, and healthy food blogger, I am always on the

    As a wife, mother, and healthy food blogger, I am always on the lookout for recipes that are fast, healthy, and delicious. Lisa Leake has given us a gold mine with this cookbook. It is full of recipes that will delight your tastebuds, are quick and easy, and support you on your journey to good health. Many of Lisa's recipes are so easy, my 10 year old has been cooking them by herself! I also love how Lisa tells her own personal journey in Part 1 of the book, and teaches us the why and how before she dishes up those amazing recipes. I can tell that this book will be well used in our kitchen for many years to come.

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