Best Books About Real Food 

Do you ever wonder how real food bloggers know so much about real food?  While it may be true that some of us were raised on traditional real foods and learned about such from our parents and grandparents, most of us grew up with a hefty dose of conventional dietary indoctrination spooned into our mouths.  So, how do we know which fats are healthy, why modern wheat is bad, and what your mother’s teeth can tell us about your health at birth?

We read.  Voraciously.

We devour books, take notes, re-read, contemplate the information and study it until we can break it down into manageable chunks for our readers to consume more easily.  Real food is a study and we are real food students.

There is a vast amount of food-related information to be found.  From scientific studies to anecdotal stories and the gray space between, we are interested in it all.  And you should be, too!  You shouldn’t simply take our word for it when we relay the latest study to you in a blog post.  You should read the study for yourself.  When we quote another author and tout his or her book as the best, you should check it out for yourself and see if you agree.

Now, I know that not everyone has time to sit around reading a college education’s worth of books, so it is my plan to break all of the real-food-related books I’ve read into simple lists of five.  Today my list of real food books includes those that are appropriate for real food newbies.

If you are just getting started in the real food way of life and whether or not you are choosing a particular real food path such as paleo, Weston A. Price, etc, these are the first books you should read to help you understand real food and the real food way of life.

1. Real Food: What to Eat and Why

This book is a wonderfully easy read.  Nina Planck shares her personal story from a real food childhood to a  misled vegetarian and soy-filled young adulthood and finally back to real food as her health demanded.  She guides the reader through every food group and explains what is real food and what is not.

2. Death By Supermarket: The Fattening, Dumbing Down, and Poisoning of America

Death By Supermarket was the first real food book that I ever read.  Nancy Deville’s style is to the point and reading this book was quite the eye-opening experience.  I really didn’t need to read more to be convinced that the grocery store could be a danger to my family’s health.

3. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Any real foodie worth his salt knows where his food comes from.  Michael Pollan does an excellent job in the Omnivore’s Dilemma of explaining to the reader where food comes from and how it gets from seed (or from mother) to our plates.

4. Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

Joel Salatin, a self-proclaimed grass farmer, tells us in his simple, straight-forward way exactly what is wrong with the current food system.  He also tells us we can do instead of the current practices to bring back health to our land and to our bodies.

5. The Untold Story of Milk, Revised and Updated: The History, Politics and Science of Nature’s Perfect Food: Raw Milk from Pasture-Fed Cows

Even if your choice of real food diet doesn’t include the consumption of milk, this book is a great read.  It is important to understand how politics affect real food.  The Untold Story of Milk delves into that controversial subject and shows the reader how raw milk got a bad rap and why selling it for human consumption is now illegal in many places, although it is not the dangerous substance it is feared to be.


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