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

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

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by Sally Fallon

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This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in


This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious.

Nourishing Traditions will tell you:

1.Why your body needs old fashioned animal fats
2.Why butter is a health food
3.How high-cholesterol diets promote good health
4.How saturated fats protect the heart
5.How rich sauces help you digest and assimilate your food
6.Why grains and legumes need special preparation to provide optimum benefits
7.About enzyme-enhanced food and beverages that can provide increased energy and vitality
8.Why high-fiber, lowfat diets can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Topics include the health benefits of traditional fats and oils (including butter and coconut oil); dangers of vegetarianism; problems with modern soy foods; health benefits of sauces and gravies; proper preparation of whole grain products; pros and cons of milk consumption; easy-to-prepare enzyme enriched condiments and beverages; and appropriate diets for babies and children.

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"I have to recommend . . . Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. The first chapter of her book is so right on target that I feel a little guilty for taking her ideas." — Robert C. Atkins, MD
Rather than jumping on the bandwagon of vegetarianism, nonfat dieting, soy mania, or any of the other eating fads that currently inform our sense of "proper nutrition," this book looks to tradition, to the foods that have provided us with sustenance and strength for centuries, as the basis of a nutritious and health-conscious diet. Provocative but essentially grounded in logic and science, Nourishing Traditions recommends a diet including fats, oils (both in moderation), and whole grains, and warns readers of the dangers of some of the nutritional theories that are currently in vogue.

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Newtrends Publishing, Inc.
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Meet the Author

Sally Fallon (Washington D.C.) is president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, founder of A Campaign for Real Milk and a frequent contributor to alternative health publications. Mary Enig, PhD (Washington D.C.) is an expert of world renown in the field of lipid biochemistry and author of over 60 scientific papers.

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Nourishing Traditions 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells you how and why to eat healthfully. After surgery, I took up eating in this manner and my husband and I are strong and healthy, hardly ever sick in the 3 years we have been eating this way...and I have lost 22 lbs. just by paying attention and cutting out sugar and white carbs..JUNK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone that has read a number of health/cooking books, 'Nourishing Traditions' jumps out as the one that makes complete sense. It is strongly founded in traditions that have evolved in societies over thousands of years, but the arguments are well-supported by modern scientific principles, and free of any religious basis. Like Jared Diamond's 'Guns, Germs, and Steel', Fallon's book wakes you up to the fact that modern diet and modern food preparation is so vastly different from what societies around the globe have 'optimized'--resulting in astoundingly similar techniques that have disappeared in merely a century. There are surprises, such as how whole grains should be properly soaked, or how raw animal products (e.g., butter) are strongly recommended. Great recipes too, but the real value of this book is the set of fundamentals in nutrition and food preparation. I have no idea why this book is not on the best-seller list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like most people I have relied on the powers that be to assure me that I have the latest information in regard to nutrition and the quality of the food I eat. None of it fully made sense, because people are still getting sick and there is no end in sight. This book explains why and gives plenty of scientific references to back up their claims some will simply amaze you. One of the examples tells about a science experiment using three groups of mice. Each group either received rat food, corn flakes cereal, or the box. The rats who were fed the box actually lived longer than the rats who ate the corn flakes cereal. So, if you want to live a longer healthier life this is the cookbook for you. You will learn the basics of food preparation, which people used for hundreds of years, before all of our modern technology. The recipes are clear and concise, but will require some planning. However with recipes that were founded all over the world, I think there is something for everyone from the gourmet to the hurried parents. Stop eating the box and but this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probably the most useful cookbook out there. This lavishly researched text advocates real food, prepared traditionally--something long missing in the American culture of processed instant 'nourishment.' For some readers, the concept of cooking real food may be discouraging; however, most of the recipes are not all that time-consuming. Even the ones with lengthier preparation (such as traditional bone broth for soups) can be easily worked into a hectic schedule with a little forethought. [I know--I work full-time and am in graduate school full-time, and still cook everything from scratch.] In addition to the incredible recipes and the long-awaited emphasis on real, nutrient-dense food, this cookbook is an absolute treasure trove of information on the science behind nutrition, on the characteristics of healthy traditional diets, and the problems with modern processed foods. This is a must-read for anyone with any chronic health problem, or anyone sick and tired of the perpetually-changing dietary updates in the mass media.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In regards to the reviewer who mentioned heart disease as a reason for not purchasing this book, please understand that the steep rise in incidence of heart disease began when our society was introduced to the "miracle" of margarine. The connection is undeniable. There is no arguing with the thousands of people who have turned their lives around using traditional methods of eating, completely eliminating from their lives the various ailments that our society is riddled with, thanks to the artificial junk being fed to us by those who stand to profit from their sales. Besides...if my choice for a cure is between trying food many have thought for years to be somewhat unhealthy regardless of the centuries of proof of the contrary, and a chemical soup of a quick fix that is KNOWN to cause health issues, I'll opt for the food. =)
JubileeJean More than 1 year ago
If you like good home cooking and are intrigued by the taboos of today's fast food diets, this is the cookbook for you. The author, Sally Fallon, does an exceptional job of enticing you into her book with documented factoids on the sidelines of every page tossed among good looking recipes. This book is truly an adventure in cooking and is all about learning the truth of the matter when it comes to ingredients. An expert researcher, she answers questions about eating what really matters like real butter, chocolate and brown rice. This cookbook is very exhilarating and enlightening, offering insight as well as warnings on every page. Because she has so well documented her comments, you almost feel like you've been in a history class or on a world tour, gathering refreshment and wisdom as you go. Divided into easy to use sections, you are continually challenged to know what matters most, the real story. One of my favorite sideline tidbits describes how they make hydrogenated vegetable oils and exactly why they aren't food any more. You'll be amazed at what you learn about digestion and can check your progress throughout the book in the form of small quizzes with answers in the back. It's not "out of reach" cooking and it appeals to your senses. It will cause you to reconsider your food choices and I believe for the better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The one disappointing review this book received should be challenged. I have followed the principles of NT for over 10 years. Regarding the comment on heart disease it should be noted that those telling us how to prevent it, ie. heart disease, are some of the same who say eating sugar coated cereals and highly processed foods are okay...so 'who do you trust' - I trust Nourishing Traditions, and highly recommend this book to anyone interested in maintaining or regaining their health.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nourishing Traditions is a smart, intellegent book that goes against the main stream Diet Dictocrats out there. This book is a must have for everyone who truly cares about their health. Its a well balanced veiw on nutrion and the foods that has nourished our anscestors so many years ago. there is not another diet book on the market like this. I am 24 years old and this is my health bible. the recipes in the book are to die for. they are so good! Everyone needs this book!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not just a cookbook! Equally or even more important is the first section of the book which contains invaluable chapters on fats (importance of butter and coconut oil as well as polyunsaturates), grains (their proper preparation!!!), proteins (raw meats and fish as well), vitamins, minerals (excellent documentation on how we absorb minerals and explains mineral salts, chelates, colloids etc.), special diets, etc. This is well researched and quotes and explains the faults in studies used by the 'establishment' and diet dictocrats to 'justify' their positions. Throughout the cookbook section the margins are filled with invaluable quotes from varying sources. Just excellent! After 20 years of researching and reading on nutrition, I finally found a book that puts it all in perspective. You need this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's not much left in this world unspoiled, including the food you eat. This book is expertly written and well researched like a PhD thesis. By the time you finish reading the introductory chapters, you will question everything you thought you knew about what foods really are healthy for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have recommended Nourishng Traditions to all my clients. It is a refreshing back to basic, good, Chemical free, steeped in truth nutritional book with great recipes and valuable information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has turned my world upside down. The jury is still out on if I'm going to fully adapt and accept all that was presented in this book, but it definitely has me thinking. I fully embrace the 'old school' way of preparing foods and do my best at staying away from refined and processed foods. However, this book tells you that what you thought was good and healthy isn't. What to do?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives great general info on all food groups, how to prepare properly and enjoy. I would consider this a great cookbook. Recipes are simple but purposely take a long time to prepare. 
SusG More than 1 year ago
Nourishing Traditions invites us to partake in the full feast of Human Traditions. At the root of our civilization is the wisdom and support for health and vitality. Come home to inspirational recipes and be nourished by wise insights that are thoughtfully explained and supported.
Rachel76 More than 1 year ago
This book is great for the beginner or the advanced of TRUE healthy eating. Lots of information throught the entire book. Tips and suggestions on saving money and eating healthy the right way. I highly recommend it.
TX_Tornado93 More than 1 year ago
A person wishing to learn a great deal regarding nutrition can learn it from this publication.
Vern60VN More than 1 year ago
This book pulls together the science of nutrient-rich, fermentation, paleo and remineralization. It is chock full of the 'why of things' interwoven with the recipes. There is a full coverage of types of food preparations, from soup stocks to superfoods, as well as types of foods, including wild game and offal. Even seemingly obvious recipes have an unusual twist, for example overnight soaking of potatoes for hashbrowns. This cookbook reaches back to traditions of our great-grandmothers, and at the same time is absolutely cutting edge. My only regret is that too much of the sidebar space is filled with citations that are either old science, not substantiated, or biased - which lends an unfortunate tinge of pseudo science. But the recipe directives are reliable. This is a book for beginners and experts alike. Find a place for it in your kitchen - it will see frequent use. I've purchased copies for my entire family.
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Locavore More than 1 year ago
Amazing. This book seriously changed my life. This book made it possible for me to lose weight, conceive my beautiful baby girl and cure all my other ailments.
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Filled with wonderful information!
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