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

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In this popular and comprehensive book, nutrition researcher and founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation Sally Fallon recalls the culinary customs of our ancestors and looks 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. Fallon unites the w ...more
Paperback, 674 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by New Trends Publishing (first published 1995)
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melissa
Jun 06, 2008 melissa rated it it was amazing
I am a reformed vegan. I will say this again and again with no shame. I was a longtime vegetarian who went vegan after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I thought I was eating "cleaner" and "healthier". I guess I did feel morally superior but physically I felt like crap and I never felt any relief from autimmune disease flare-ups. Then I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I felt like my body was turning against me even though I thought I was healthy. After finding out ...more
Rebecca
May 15, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
My stepmother gave me this book for my birthday. Looking it over at first I thought-- "Wow, she thinks I'm a spelt-eating, raw-milk drinking, conspiracy theorist lunatic." This book begins with 80 pages of single space size 10 font INFORMATION-- about how the USDA, the American Cancer Association, and your pediatritian are all part of a sinister alliance to give you cancer, heart disease, cavities, and arthritis, and about the vast conspiracy of misinformation in the health and food world, and ...more
Lucinda
May 26, 2011 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who eats! Especially vegetarians!
Recommended to Lucinda by: Julie Waddell
As a child I lived in the city, playing outside, watching a lot of tv and chasing down the ice cream truck until my dad remarried when I was 8 and we moved to a small farm. On that farm, our family ate EXACTLY how she teaches in this book. We milked our cow and goats and drank raw milk. We raised and butchered our own cow, pigs and chickens. My step-mom made us eat liver (organs) and lacto-fermented foods like sauerkraut and pickled veggies. She was German but now I am wondering if she lived by ...more
Laura Lemay
Aug 12, 2010 Laura Lemay rated it it was ok
Any book that contains the word "dictocrats" in the title should probably be read with a wary eye. This is a rant in the form of a cookbook, based on the work of the Weston Price Foundation. I'm sympathetic to many of the ideas here (especially the idea of eating natural, organic, unprocessed foods) but I think the authors use questionable science to back up many of the more out-there ideas. There's some serious cherry picking of references here. If it convinces people to eat healthier, to eat ...more
Maren
Jul 27, 2008 Maren rated it really liked it
I came upon this book three years ago at Barnes and Noble. I read it, sitting in the bookstore, leaning against the bookshelves over the course of a few weeks, while my kids were at preschool for an hour. Fallon puts together a very interesting book though she isn't an anthropologist, a researcher, or a very good chef (though some of her salads are delicious).

She denounces modern food preparation methods, including the pressure cooker and the microwave in favor of old-fashioned methods of preser
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Sara
Feb 21, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
I was first given this book by an herbalist friend of mine who endorsed its content and position ondiet, but warned me about Sally Fallon's "spit-and-vinegar" approach to food choices and social change. No doubt--Nourishing Traditions absolutely lives up to its subtitle in Sally Fallon's direct, no-nonsense critique of prevailing nutritional values and investigation of the vagaries of processed foods. This book is both a bible of useful recipes and an argument for a considered, holistic ...more
michael
Apr 14, 2008 michael rated it did not like it
As a cookbook, its ok. It has a few odd and interesting recipes, but nothing really that jumps out as memorable.

As for the rest. Its starts out by trashing fad diets while trying strongly to encourage you to believe it isn't a fad diet itself. Then rumbles on into telling you that packaged, prepared food is bad for you, you're gonna die of malnutrition. Packaged, prepared ingredients are bad for you, you're gonna die from malnutrition. Your only chance is to get hard to find and expensive raw in
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Astrid
Jun 23, 2007 Astrid rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This book inspired me to become a nutrition consultant. It's a must-read. The first part of the book discusses nutrition concepts, and the second part presents a plethora of recipes. Don't worry if you are vegetarian; while Fallon focuses much of her time on meats, there is plenty of other information to be gleaned from this volume.
Jill
Apr 28, 2009 Jill rated it really liked it
Wow! This book is seriously challenging my notion of good food and a healthy diet. Just getting into it, but I think many of her ideas are right on: lacto-fermentaion, sprouted grains, cultured dairy products, meat - especially organs, and real butter! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when, over a bowl of my homemade granola, I read the intro to the chapter on whole grains: "Nor do we recommend granola, a popular "health" food made from grains subjected only to dry heat and therefore ...more
Samee
Jun 18, 2011 Samee rated it really liked it
This cookbook brought my understanding of food to a new level. More than any other (aside from perhaps my Zen cookbook), Fallon's book made me engage with ingredients and think about them in new ways. It added another dimension to my cooking (almost literally--it was like moving from Flatland to Sphereland). It showed me where the life was in my food.

With that said: DO NOT RELY on Sally Fallon for your nutrition and cooking information needs. She is just as much of a diet dictocrat as the shadow
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Melanie
Ok, this book is a little outdated, so I wonder how the more recent research on omega3/6/9 plays in to what's here. Or certain alternative sweeteners. Also really dogmatic ("everything for sale at the grocery store is crap; you really need to shop exclusively at health food stores or direct from farms") and if you follow the advice without living on a farm, you're gonna be broke pretty quick. Even if you're rich, you'll be time-impoverished while sprouting/fermenting/culturing all this stuff. ...more
Roslyn Ross
Sep 02, 2012 Roslyn Ross rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this beast cover to cover (it's half cookbook, half nutrition re-education). The most important book on food/health I have read in my life. I have been making my own keifer, cream cheese, butter, buttermilk, root beer and so many other things since I got this--it's been incredible! So far the effects of eating this way include: no more hair loss for Tom, beautiful skin for me, overall feeling happier, no desire to eat sugar or drink alcohol (I am convinced that those ...more
Cassie
Dec 23, 2008 Cassie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: home cooks, eaters, margarine lovers, Michael Pollan fans
Shelves: best-books-ever
Man, I love this Nourishing Traditions cookbook. It has immediately filled my kitchen with little dishes of fermenting stuff in a way that even Wild Fermentation did not. Fallon is pretty big on meat (mmm organs) but i think even hard core vegans could find stuff to take from it, e.g. fermenting fruits and veggies, soaking grains, eating coconut oil. It may even make me a raw dairy product convert if I get a little ambition. It's sort of the perfect recipe book companion to Pollan's In Defense o ...more
Amy
Jan 21, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-nonfiction
Full of well-researched and presented information on the value of traditional foods and dietary habits. Fallon has an agenda, but is not afraid to point out the failings of any kind of extreme diet. The only drawback of this book, she advocates against coffee and chocolate because of the negative effects of caffeine. I suppose, in logic, I agree, but I get so much satisfaction from those two items, that I can't imagine a fulfilling life without them. Such is the nature of addiction.
Beth
Feb 24, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beth by: Liz
This is another good foundation book if you're looking at eating traditional foods. She talks a lot about culturing foods to encourage enzyme growth which promotes good digestion and gut flora.

There are a few bizarre things...I think she promotes eating meat raw, though specially prepared and of course from clean sources. I'm not willing to go that far. Heh.

Some of her recipes are not the greatest...I would suggest finding some one who has tried them before making. I have made the kraut, kimch
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Elaine
Oct 07, 2011 Elaine added it
I haven't read this cover-to-cover (it's a cookbook!) but I did finish the intro chapters on nutrition and skimmed most of the recipes. It's a good overview of a lot of the same information you see in books like Good Calories Bad Calories, albeit from a different perspective, and it's not so rigorously scientific. A lot of the info can also be read online at the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

The thing that sticks with me the most is the miracle Fallon paints of butter from spring grass fed
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Brandt
Mar 26, 2007 Brandt rated it it was amazing
This book is one part manifesto, two parts cookbook. It is the recipe for a grass-fed uprising. It has liberated me. The revolution will not be pasteurized.
Natalie
Oct 26, 2009 Natalie rated it liked it
Update: This book deserves 3.5 stars. I enjoyed her information on history of food and history of food in different nations and many recipes. Of course, I think that eating real food, not processed, does help prevent many a disease and does contributes to better over-all daily health. I also do think soaking grains is helpful. I appreciated that she made it clear that we, in America, need more cultured food in our diets. However, some of her information irked me. I do believe that there are many ...more
Karen
May 18, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing
I have always been conscious of nutrition and health, but this book was a real eye-opener! While I'll admit that Fallon is a bit of a fanatic and that some of her "research" may be questionable, my gut tells me that, overall, she is correct. Certainly, she gives us all something to think about.

The basic premise of the book is that people (and Americans in particular) need to get back to our ancestral methods of growing, preparing, and eating food. She blames a myriad of health problems (from the
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Samantha
Apr 26, 2011 Samantha rated it it was ok
Some of the information on nutrients and oils is interesting and informative. However, Fallon does use outdated and poorly constructed studies to try to convince her readers that you will be healthier if you eat more meat and lard. I agree that fats are fine and that reducing fat is not healthy, BUT I think fats like avocado, coconut, and olive-based fats/oils (for example) are much healthier than fats like pig and cow fat. I think there are more than enough studies that are far more convincing ...more
Lanie
Jul 31, 2009 Lanie rated it really liked it
I love this book. I'm so bummed I took it to a friends' house to cook with and left it in my paper grocery bag and it got mistaken for recycling....*pout*. It was my most referenced reference book, probably (so much so that I might splurge for another), with loads of info on every vegetable and what vitamins and minerals it is rich in and what each of those vitamins and minerals does for you, and loads of info on diseases and ailments and what you should eat to get rid of them and oodles of ...more
Karyl
Jan 21, 2012 Karyl rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Fallon does an excellent job of refuting most of what we are taught by the government and has plenty of research to back her up. I was most surprised by her assertion that vegetable oils can be very hazardous to our health, and now she has me wanting to investigate cooking with more butter, animal fats, and coconut oils. The recipes she present sound quite tasty. I can't get on board with giving up coffee completely, but as with many things, moderation is key. I do ...more
Heidi
Sep 12, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: food-cooking
I'm generally not a fan of anything that purports to tell me that the government is trying to kill me, so I skipped most of the first half of this book. According to the book, anecdotal data shows that populations who eat a traditional diet (think pre-refrigeration) are in better general health than those who eat a more modern diet of refined foods. (Though the author/foundation considers the research authoritative rather than anecdotal.)

Anyway, I picked up the book because I'm curious about lac
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Tschrister
Feb 04, 2011 Tschrister rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tschrister by: Sara Kenyon
This one is the HUB of our kitchen. I'm pretty sure that Sally Fallon is kinda crazy, but I believe that the nutritional information she presents in these pages is dead on. It's so contrary to mainstream "nutritional knowledge" that it is almost laughable, and yet it all makes so much sense. I don't agree with everything 100%, but pretty close. There are very few who I feel have the true knowledge and understanding that Sally does about nutrition and how foods affect our bodies.

All that, and ton
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tmll
Dec 24, 2007 tmll rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
The joy in this tome is the encouragment I received to go beyond my notions about diet and preparation and to consider, then put into practice, pretty logical and sound health concepts. Basically, this book argues that we should incorporate a variety of quality fats, fermented foods, raw dairy, and organ meats to our diets for optimal mental and physical health, for us and the generations proceding. Party! As a warning, though, Nourishing Traditions is really bound up in a kind of disturbing ...more
Connie
Jun 23, 2011 Connie added it
BIG book with lots of information and I have not even gotten close to the recipes yet! This book was recommended by Dr. Terry Wahls who has overcome her MS (wheelchair bound, now biking and horseback riding) through diet and electrical stimulation used to retrain and rebuild nerves and muscles.

I expect this book is going to be a prominent fixture in my kitchen as I work through the post-CCSVI procedure period.

Wow! Great recipes, great information. I am done reading and thus far have made severa
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Lisa
Feb 29, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa by: Diane Franklin
This is my go to nutrition book. It is so full of information that makes sense on so many levels. I don't think I could ever digest it all, as there seems to be something new to learn every time I look at it. Some of the recipes are real gems (Kombucha, Kefir, baked rice pudding, broth, etc.) but some are not so great. I am pretty much able to find any old recipe I like and make it healthier according to more of the WAPF principles.

If you want to change your eating habits and get healthier, thi
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Ruth
May 03, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it
I have such a love / hate relationship with Sally Fallon and the Weston A Price Foundation. So much of what they advocate is so wonderful - a return to real food, slow cooked, sustainably grown - and delicious. Unfortunately, the legitimate scientific studies and well-reasoned arguments are mixed together in equal parts with unsubstantiated, unscientific hogwash.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I enjoyed this book. I haven't started doing all that it suggests but I had already started doing quite a bit of it. Over the last 2 years i have lost over 70 lbs and became much healthier. I want my own copy now :-)
Emily Mellow
Jan 12, 2012 Emily Mellow rated it it was amazing
First time reading: I made the fermented salsa from this book, which turned out really great and made it all worth it, as it is totally a staple for us now. Fresh salsa that doesn't mold in the fridge! My young kids even like it when I add extra tomatoes.
However, the several other things I tried (marmalade, pickled grape leaves, pickled ginger) pretty much sucked. The marmalade is ok, if you like sour oranges. The rest I tossed, even though I spent hours peeling two pounds of organic ginger for
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