Nourishing Traditions 2nd Edition

The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats - Revised and greatly expanded 2nd edition

Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, Ph.D



I LOVE this cookbook! There are over 700 recipes and eveyone I’ve tried produces delicious, satisfying, healthy food. Reading it inspires both appetite and joyous cooking — and, the only cookbook I can think of that offers almost as much variety as this one, is The Joy of Cooking. I was serious when I said “almost” as much variety — out of a foundation of world traditions, there is more creativity, wide-ranging ingredients and surprising combinations here than in any other cookbook I’ve read (we’re talking hundreds – I love cookbooks).

As much as I love the recipes, I think I love Fallon’s research and clear thinking about food the best. I knew I’d met a friend when I discovered that the bedrock of her research begins with Dr. Weston A Price, a dentist who got to wondering what the nutritional roots of good dental formation and health were and set out on several journeys around the world, photographing and documenting which groups of people had well-formed teeth, which did not, and what each group generally ate.

In 1939 he published Nutrition and Physical Degeneration which is the classic study of isolated populations on native diets and the disasterous effects of processed foods and commercial farming methods on human health. The book includes Price’s unforgettable photographs showing the superb dentition and facial development of peoples living on nutrient-dense foods. I first saw these photos in the late 1970s in one of the original Whole Earth Catalogs. I’ve never forgotten them, and the little bit I learned from them has guided my diet and what I chose to feed my family ever since. In later years, I was startled to find that Rudolf Steiner offered similar conclusions about human nutrition from an entirely different perspective, which shouldn’t have been surprising, but somehow was anyway.

What Nourishing Traditions offers is a diet that brushes aside Politically Correct notions of nutrition in favor of traditional food choices that are known to produce robust health. What you’ll find is a diet rich in meat, vegetables, whole grains, naturally sweet treats and brimming with easily absorbed vital nutrients. And flavor. Lots and lots of flavor — as though the love of cooks throughout the ages infused each bite.

A great book!

As a convinced vegetarian of some 25 years, I opened Sally Fallon’s book to her many meat recipes and immediately closed it again. But then I figured that there must be more to it than that. There is . . . I was surprised at the wealth of information to help me (even as a vegetarian) make better food choices and prepare the ones I have chosen to get the most nourishment from them.

-Peter Hinderberger, MD, Past President Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine

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