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Fallon, Sally.  Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. New Trends Publishing: Washington DC, 1999. Kindle edition.

I’m not totally sure where to start with this book…  It’s mostly a cookbook, and I haven’t road tested 99% of the recipes in it, so in a way, I can’t really say that much about it.  Even so, I welcome the recipes in it because they emphasize techniques that avoid processed foods, and have been largely lost to our modern culture.

With that being said, I agree with the basic message implied in this book—that we are overly dependent upon the industrial food system, that overall, this system contributes to the societal health problems endemic in our culture and that a return to simple eating (and to spreading the food preparation techniques of our great-grandmothers) would be a start to ameliorating some of these problems.  Unfortunately, I have some very big reservations with the specific dietary claims made by this book and the lack of scientific evidence for them.  I think that this book passes a great deal of pseudo-sciencific off as some sort of anti-establishment, stick it to the man, revolutionary ideology that is being purposely ignored…which I find just as autocratic and arrogant as the secondary title of this book.  I also happen to know that this book has some major fans who would happily (and in some cases, angrily) disagree with me until they are blue in the face…

Three spoons—two for the recipes, and one for the basic premise.

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