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

    Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.

    Excerpt from Preface

    “The premise of this book is that modern food choices and preparation techniques constitute a radical change from the way man has nourished himself for thousands of years and, from the perspective of history, represent a fad that not only has severely compromised his health and vitality but may well destroy him; and that the culinary traditions of our ancestors, and the food choices and preparation techniques of healthy nonindustralized peoples, should serve as the model for contemporary eating habits, even and especially during this modern technological age.”

    From the Back Cover

    The Diet Dictocrats don’t want you to know that…

    Your body needs old-fashioned animal fats

    New-fangled polyunsaturated oils can be bad for you

    Modern whole grain products can cause health problems

    Traditional sauces promote digestion and assimilation

    Modern food processing denatures our foods but

    Ancient preservation methods actually increase nutrients in fruits, nuts vegetables, meats and milk products!

    At last a successful challenge to Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats!

    Recalling the culinary customs of our ancestors, and looking ahead to a future of robust good health for young and old, Nourishing Traditions offers modern families a fascinating guide to wise food choices and proper preparation techniques. Sally Fallon unites the wisdom of the ancients with the latest independent and accurate scientific research in over 700 delicious recipes that will please both exacting gourmets and busy parents.

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    Book Review

    • Have you always wondered why you need a sugar fix?
    • Is your weight gain more than you desire?
    • Do you live to eat; rather than eat to live?
    • Do you wonder about food additives, pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and genetically modified foods?
    • Do you wonder about the taste of tomatoes you bought at the store?

    If you answered “yes” to these questions, then it is time to pick up this book, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. This cookbook is packed full of information and recipes based on a dentist, Dr. Weston Price. In the 1930s, Price travelled the world studying “native” populations who lived on local foods, untouched by processed foods such as our white refined sugar. He found good health and similarities in their foods.

    Can you recall paintings and photographs of the North American aboriginal when the white culture first encountered and explored the continent? The aboriginals had beautiful facial bone structure and strong, white teeth. The aboriginals must have been doing something right. No need for dentists unless you cracked a tooth on a bone or nut!!

    Why do people who pick raw sugar cane have such remarkable teeth? Did you know they lunch on that sugar cane as they labour? The secret is that the sugar was in a raw, unrefined state, not all like the refined sugar we consume.

    The secret to better living and better health is to consume foods that are as close to their natural raw state as possible. If you can’t reproduce it at home on a small scale, then don’t eat it.

    This means a return to butter, whole wheat flour (preferably freshly ground from organic wheat), unprocessed sugar, sea salt, and olive oil. If you can only make one change, then change your oil.

    Changing these five basic ingredients is only the start of your food adventures. But it is a major shift. Fallon will take you on a world of discovery answering many of the questions that you answered yes to above.

    I always thought I was an emotional eater. But now I believe my body was craving nutrients that were not to be found in the processed foods. So I ate more and more. Now, since changing to the “natural” five basic ingredients, I am no longer heading to the pantry like before!

    History is a teacher. Let’s look back at people who did things right. You will change your life.

    Suitability for a book club discussion?

    This is definitely not a book for discussion. But the wider issue of what we eat and what we should eat could be a very interesting discussion. This book does not advocate vegetarianism, instead it encompasses a balanced approach to all basic food groups. Dr. Weston Price and this book are forerunners to the latest hit by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz.

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