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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The creator of the 100 Days of Real Food blog draws from her hugely popular website to offer simple, affordable, family-friendly recipes and practical advice for eliminating processed foods from your family's diet.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow Cookbooks,, 2014
ISBN: 9780062252555
Branch Call Number: 613.2 LEA NVD
Characteristics: 360 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: One hundred days of real food


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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.

ksoles Oct 04, 2014

The advice in "100 Days of Real Food" doesn't deviate from that of most healthy cookbooks these days but it does bear repeating: cook more, eat more whole foods and curb your reliance on packaged, processed products.

Lisa Leake begins by defining "real" food as either a whole food of only one ingredient or a packaged food of no more than five unrefined ingredients. These include plain dairy products, 100% whole grain breads and crackers, wild-caught seafood, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, natural sweeteners and humanely raised meat. Then, in its strongest, most helpful section, the book provides "how to" management tips like "getting your family on board" and "food budget tips and meal plans."

The second half of the book contains 100 mostly exciting recipes including lunch box ideas for kids. The most indulgent meals weigh in at about 800 calories whereas most dishes contain 200-300 calories per serving, proving that, when you cook at home, you don't need to track calories as diligently as you do when eating from packages and restaurants. However, readers must keep in mind that some meals will fall into the "eat less often" category, even when made from scratch.

The book certainly gives some solid advice on choosing whole grains and healthy fats, reading labels and eschewing the goal of perfection. Unfortunately, Leake’s accuracy is at times followed up by non-evidence based statements guided by the natural fallacy that only "real" foods are healthy. This false construct may distress those who lack the budget, access or interest to cook the majority of their food, let alone do so with organic, grass fed, speciality ingredients.

Ultimately, this book provides a great resource for those looking to eat and cook with more whole foods, keeping in mind that choosing to bake with white flour once in a while may do more good than harm.

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