Eat Real Food or Else…


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“For readers looking to eat better or just whip up something delicious, this cookbook may be just the (meal) ticket. An easy-to-follow guide to a healthier lifestyle featuring delicious recipes.”—Kirkus Reviews

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This beautiful cookbook explains how to use food for maximum enjoyment, while promoting vitality and a healthy metabolism that fights modern ailments such as high blood sugar, chronic inflammation, low energy and weight gain. 

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Striving to avoid excesses and dogmatism, this book advocates a way of eating that finds an echo in various “modern” diets, including Atkins, Paleo, Whole 30 and Mediterranean. It provides simple, yet scientifically accurate, justifications together with delicious recipes that illustrate the principles.

It encourages the readers to consume a wide variety of fresh foods, selecting low sugar, low carb (and as such gluten-free), unprocessed ingredients with the highest possible nutritional value.

A beautiful high quality production (full color, hard cover with dust jacket, 8″ by 11″, 300 pages), Eat Real Food or Else… is a nutrition manual, an attractive coffee table item, and a wonderful cookbook all in one.

Food can be both a pleasure and your ticket to lifelong health, but only if you choose wisely. The temptation is great to pick elements from various popular diets, but intuition and common wisdom can be misleading.

Because of the huge complexity of our body, nutrition cannot be reduced to simplistic rules. However, some principles do exist, myths must be debunked. You will not find here a “one-size-fits-all” diet, but methods that will help you listen to your body and adapt your diet accordingly.

“Eat Real Food or Else” presents a comprehensive system for lifelong health, with tools to make informed food choices, including:

  • Nutritional advice based on the broad view of the entire body.
  • Simple yet scientifically accurate explanations about the effects of various foods.
  • Illustrated step-by-step recipes for all occasions.
  • Perspectives from which to examine the existing diets and the nutritional literature.

“Eat Real Food or Else” advocates an pleasurable way of eating that focuses on whole body health. Its fundamental principle is to enjoy the widest possible variety of fresh foods, while avoiding those high in sugar and low in nutrients.

From Kirkus Reviews____

Science and food writing combine in this cookbook, which offers a new way to look at the American diet.

Eating healthfully can be hard in this day and age, particularly with so many opinions and so much advice about the subject out there. This work is armed with the mindset that “real food”–that is, food that’s natural and not overly processed–is key to a healthy diet, and it explores what and how much to eat and when to eat it.

The book’s rules are simple: readers should seek out food that’s colorful, micronutrient-rich, whole, and comes from healthful sources. After examining the “ideal” plate of food, the work explains common diet buzzwords, such as “glycemic index,” and the roles that fats, carbohydrates, and sugar play in American diets. Then there’s a recipe section, divided into categories such as “Soup, Salads & Appetizers,” “Vegetables,” “Main Courses,” and “Breakfast, Snacks & Condiments.” Also included are breakout sections on everything from cruciferous vegetables and their benefits to what cooking oils to avoid.

Nguyen (Cuisine de Montagne Pas à Pas, 2012, etc.), a culinary writer; Nichols (Quantitative Medicine, 2016), a doctor; and debut author Vollmar, a chef, are all trained professionals in their respective fields, and as a result, they leave no stone unturned in this book.

One should always consult with one’s physician before starting a new diet, but the authors lay out the diet in this work in an easy-to-understand manner. It’s not necessary to read the science to understand the recipes, but they do combine to provide a holistic approach to healthy eating. Recipes such as “Spring Ratatouille,” “DuckCassoulet,” “Parmesan Crackers,” and “Asparagus and Collard Greens Slaw” boast full-color pictures of the step-by-step process as well as of the finished result. The simple instructions make the work manageable for novice chefs.

For readers looking to eat better or just whip up something delicious, this cookbook may be just the (meal) ticket. An easy-to-follow guide to a healthier lifestyle featuring delicious recipes.


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Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 1 × 11 in

Four color, hard cover with dust jacket