Real Food

Real Food

What to Eat and Why

By Nina Planck

Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781596911444, 288pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2006


Yes, Virginia, you "can" butter your carrots. A farmer's daughter tells the truth about cream, eggs, fish, chicken, chocolate even lard.

Everyone loves real food, but they're afraid butter and eggs will give them a heart attack thus the culinary abomination known as the egg-white omelet. Tossing out the yolk, it turns out, isn't smart. "Real Food "reveals why traditional foods are actually healthy: not only egg yolks, but also cream, butter, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, roast chicken skin, and more.

Nina Planck grew up on a vegetable farm in Virginia and learned to eat right from her no-nonsense parents: lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with beef, bacon, fish, dairy, and eggs. Later, she wondered: was the farmhouse diet deadly, as the cardiologists say? Happily for people who love food, the answer is no.

In lively, personal chapters on produce, dairy, meat, fish, chocolate, and other real foods, Nina explains how ancient foods like beef and butter have been falsely accused, while industrial foods like corn syrup and soybean oil have created a triple epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. "Real Food" upends the conventional wisdom on diet and health and explains our taste for good things.

About the Author

Nina Planck created farmers' markets in London and Washington, D.C., and ran New York City's famous Greenmarket. She wrote The Farmers' Market Cookbook and has starred in a BBC series on local foods.

Praise For Real Food

Praise for Nina Planck:
“A poised, articulate and not-so-quietly passionate advocate of what she has dubbed the ‘slocal’ movement…Planck is a riveting voice for consumers who want fresh food grown in their own region.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The patron saint of farmers’ markets, a woman spoken of by [farmers] with the utmost respect.”—Guardian
“Planck’s expertise…has become so admired that the Prince of Wales sought her guidance [on] rural areas. Planck’s name has become virtually synonymous with the [farmers’ market] movement.”—Washington Post
“[Planck] has achieved more in her 30 years than most women do in a lifetime.”—Financial Times

[Planck's] strong enough to persuade even the unconverted to go out and buy a quart of unpasteurized whole milk."—New Jersey Star Ledger
"[Nina is] a cross between Alice Waters and Martha Stewart."—Washington Post
"Real Food is an inspiring and guilt-relieving book, packed with equal doses of common sense and extensive research.”—NY Sun