This book is a veritable tome of information. The introduction is a detailed and relatively well researched explanation of current nutrition doctrine and why it is flawed. Obviously the author has an agenda, but in this case I don’t see it as a bad thing. The only lament I have about the introduction section of this text is that I wondered on a few occasions where she got her sources, as there are several things which are not referenced. That being said, so much of her information does have a footnote reference, I can’t help but taking her at her word for those things which are not referenced. This is due as much to my faith in her as it is to my unwillingness to do reference checks on my own.
There are several things about this book that I really loved. First, she provides basic recipes for things which are at the foundation of home cooking – how to make buttermilk and how to sprout your own grains are examples of this. I also enjoyed her focus on Asian cooking methods – like how to make fish sauce. And lastly, my favorite part of the whole book, are the insets containing information on each page – such as the “Name this product” game wherein you are provided a list of scary ingredients (such as cellulose gel and sodium hexametaphosphate) and asked to guess which processed food product the list represents; answers are in the index in the back.
Of all of her advice, the only thing I take issue with is her absolute condemnation of all things caffeinnated. As a hardened tea drinker, a beverage which, I might add, has been consumed for thousands of years, I am inclined to believe that it is a traditional food…and even a real food. And in my humble opinion, this argument could also be made for coffee, however this is merely me being contrary and certainly has no bearing on the validity of the rest of her points.
All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed the portion of this book which I have completed, and can’t wait to try some of the recipes. I highly suggest that if you have not read this book that you give it a try. For those of you who already have, I suggest you dust it off and take a second look. Who knows what you might learn!
This review has been included in Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday’s blog carnival. Happy Eating!