100 Days of Real Food

100 Days of Real Food

How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes your Family Will Love

Book - 2014
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Simple, family-friendly recipes and practical advice to help you ditch processed food and eat better every day!

Thanks to Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake was given the wake-up call of her life when she realized that many of the foods she was feeding her family were actually "foodlike substances." So she, her husband, and their two young girls completely overhauled their diets by pledging to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods--a challenge she opened to readers on her blog. What she thought would be a short-term experiment turned out to have a huge impact on her personally. After wading through their fair share of challenges, experiencing unexpected improvements in health, and gaining a preference for fresh, wholesome meals, the Leakes happily adopted their commitment to real food as their "new normal."

Now Lisa shares her family's story, offering insights and cost-conscious recipes everyone can use to enjoy wholesome natural food prepared with easily found ingredients such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seafood, locally raised meats, whole-milk dairy products, nuts, natural sweeteners, and more.

Filled with step-by-step instructions, this hands-on cookbook and guide includes:

Advice for navigating the grocery store and making smart real food purchases Tips for reading ingredient labels 100 quick-and-easy recipes for such favorites as Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale Pesto Cream Sauce, Cheesy Broccoli Casserole, The Best Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker, and Cinnamon-Glazed Popcorn Meal plans and suggestions for kid-pleasing school lunches, parties, and snacks A 10-day mini-starter program, and much more.

100 Days of Real Food offers all the support, encouragement, and guidance you'll need to make these incredibly important and timely life changes.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062252555
Branch Call Number: ANF 641.5637 LEA
Characteristics: 360 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: One hundred days of real food


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Oct 02, 2017

This books looks great! I haven't made any of the recipes, but I'm looking forward to doing so.

JCLJoyceM Feb 17, 2016

This book did cause me to read labels more closely. Leake's mantra is five ingredients or less on processed foods, which is rare. I haven't resorted to making my own bread crumbs as she does, but I did choose the four-ingredient panko crumbs over the multi-line list of ingredients in the type I normally buy. Her suggestions require planning and extra time in the kitchen and at the supermarket (unless you live next door to a whole foods store).

Sep 28, 2015


Sep 16, 2015

This is the book version of her excellent blog. I recommend reading Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food, first, and then use this book for help with implementing his advice.

Jun 11, 2015

honestly I might not be agreed with here but this book is kinda lame. HALF of this book is fluffy filler with highly repetitive information taken from other well known books (as cited).
The other half is semi-interesting whole grain style recipes. Meh honestly it's not something worth getting especially if you have to wait 4 months like I did.

Apr 27, 2015

Great book that contains gorgeous photos that will inspire you. Recipes are easy and very tasty.

dairyqueen Jan 21, 2015

Very inspirational. A family overhauls their diet. They pledge to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods. I have changed my eating habits dramatically since reading this book!

Dec 31, 2014

Practical advice, recipes that your family will actually eat, and ingredients that are commonly available. Love this cookbook and this approach to food!

I would recommend everyone read this book to just learn about her thoughts on eliminating processed foods from your diet, even if you don't agree with her. She does have some wonderful recipes in here. I suggest trying out these recipes: the best whole chicken in the crockpot and her homemade chicken stock. It's so easy to make with a whole chicken and tastes Great!

Nov 26, 2014

It is difficult to choose a singular star-rating for this book, so I'll break it down into 2 ratings.

5-stars: For those who are new to the "Real Food Movement" and or are researching the benefits of Real, Wholesome Foods, this book is excellent. There is lots of information of both the health and environmental benefits, as well as good recipes.

2-stars: For those who have embraced the "Real Food Movement", there is nothing new in this book. Even the recipes are all basic dishes our family makes on a daily basis.

I highly recommend this to those who are new to real food, but for those who are looking for new recipes to enhance their menus, I advice passing on this book.

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