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Saturday Seven: Food and Nutrition

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I’m intrigued by nutrition and health, and I tend to read everything I can get my hands on, regardless of what dogma it’s about. I’ve read about being a vegetarian (and why you should), the Keto Diet, Paleo, Atkins, etc. My own conclusion (which may not be yours) is that common sense eating of real food is the healthiest thing you can do. Anyway, here are some of my favorite books on the subject:
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Hands down my favorite author. I read everything he writes. This was the first book of his I picked up and I loved it. He traces four different ways we get our food (from feed lots to hunting) and the good and the bad from each. It’s the book that made me a huge fan of Polyface Farms and their method of raising animals and it’s the book that really set me on the path of eating that I attempt to do today.
The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea by Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory
I’ve been adding kombucha to my diet for the past 6 months or so. It’s tasty and healthful, but it’s also very expensive. My in-laws brew their own, so I took the plunge about a week ago, was given one of their SCOBY hotels and have started on my way. This book is great. Not only does it tell you how to brew it, but it also has various recipes AND gives you ideas of what to do with all those extra SCOBYs you’ll end up with.
God’s Diet by Dr. Dorothy Gault-McNemee
They were eating what God put on this earth: meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, grains, and nuts. In other words, if you can’t pick it, pluck it, pull it from the earth, or scale it, don’t eat it.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
I’ve discussed this book before. I admire so much that she took steps to really acquaint herself with where food comes from and it was a fascinating and inspiring read.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
Don’t read this if you eat fast food unless you want to be horrified.
Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko
This is one of the books I’ve read that I only took away pieces from. He’s got good advice, but based on the copious amount of other reading and research I’ve done, I didn’t agree with all of it. Still, a worthwhile read.
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Because of course he has to be on here twice. This book is where he declares and explains his manifesto:
Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
One of the best common sense guides on eating healthy I’ve ever read. If you only read on book on this list, pick this one.
What are some books on food and nutrition you think I should add to my list?

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Thanks for playing! I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but there are a couple of these I’ll check out (not the one on fast food… I don’t eat it often, but it’s like eating foreign foods… I don’t particularly want to know the details!)

  2. Only read a couple of these but some others look worth putting on my list to read. Just couldn’t seem to think of 7 things for this Saturday but I’ll try for next week.

  3. Great list! Like Michele, food books make me happy…
    And I love Michael Pollan. Your recent mentions of his books may prompt a re-reading binge.
    FWIW, I also like Gary Taubes, even though I don’t always agree with him … he certainly is pretty darn passionate about his beliefs. My favorite: The Case Against Sugar. Second best: Why We Get Fat (and what to do about it)

    1. I actually read The Case Against Sugar and Why We Get Fat and enjoyed them both. I agree that he does have some very good points in his books.

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