I bought this book when I was a student at Wellpark College in New Zealand. It was 2001, I had fled the U.S. of A in 1999 after working for Clean Water Action and reading several books about the amount of genetically modified foods being unwittingly consumed in America. I was taking classes on nutrition. I had just completed a certificate course with the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in UK and was unsatisfied by the conflicting information various groups promoted.
Nourishing Traditions is in a certain sense equivalent to The Joy of Cooking which is a book home-cookers have relied on for years. It has comprehensive information about all the food groups and also brings attention to the importance of conscious cooking and the transmutive powers that cooking with love and respecting where the food comes from has on healing our bodies.
In 2003, I went to a conference with Sally Fallon, the author of this cookbook. At that time the information that she included about fats and many other foods was extremely controversial. In fact even one of the teachers from my school, which is at the cutting edge of health, massage and traditional healing modalities, was offended by the information Sally gave about butter. Ghee has been considered a nourishing food for thousands of years in Ayervedic cooking.
Since that time I have seen the slow transformation of the industrial health industry to begrudgingly begin to admit some of the information they have promoted for the past 30 years is incorrect. Traditional and live-cultured foods have been wrongfully slandered and repressed. This book is a must have for anyone who has kids or is having trouble having kids.
I cannot stress enough how much I recommend this book, it has been my favorite present for weddings, birthdays or for any other reason for the last 7 years. It is worth every cent, I personally guarantee it.
Follow this link to more information about traditional diets and how bad processed foods are for your body. These are notes from the seminar by Sally Fallon mentioned above.