I’ve been following Lisa Leake’s blog, 100 Days of Real Food, for a few years. In fact, I used her 10 Days of Real Food challenge as the starting point for this blog over two years ago. I’ve always looked at the success of 100 Days of Real Food as an indicator that there’s a real need for guidance and support in healthy eating.
So I was happy to receive a copy of Lisa’s new cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food, for review. I’m encouraged and inspired to see that this new book is currently one of the top-selling books on Amazon. People are tired of eating processed food, and they’re looking for guidance about how to move away from the Standard American Diet.
This book is full of helpful advice, recipes, and beautiful pictures. There are five reasons I think you should add this book to your cookbook shelf.
1. Simple Recipes
The most important thing you need when avoiding processed food is a big arsenal of easy recipes for homemade food. This book has 100 family-friendly recipes that are generally quite simple to make. I’m looking forward to trying the Greek stuffed pitas and the cinnamon raisin quick bread, among other delicious-sounding recipes.
2. Real Food on a Budget Advice
I was happy to see a section about keeping real food affordable. It’s easy to let grocery expenses spiral out of control, but Lisa includes several tips about how to maintain a budget while eating a wholesome diet.
3. Logistics of the Real Food Lifestyle
The first section of the book is full of great information about transitioning to real food. This lifestyle can be tricky, and it’s important to know how to handle real food with kids, how to manage restaurant meals, and how to monitor what you eat at a dinner party. Lisa stresses the importance of striking a balance between being too rigid and too lax. It was helpful for me to hear how someone else navigates these murky waters.
4. Seasonal Meal Plans
The book includes four seasonally-based dinner meal plans with recipes from the book. For someone getting started with this lifestyle, this is a great resource. While the book doesn’t include meal plans for other meals of the day, there are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and snack recipes that you can use to build your own full meal plan with the blank meal planning template included in the book.
5. Packed Lunch Inspiration
The 100 Days of Real Food blog focuses a lot of attention on school lunches, and many of those resources are available in the book. In addition to several lunch recipes, there’s a chart with dozens of packed lunch combinations. This will definitely help get you out of the PB&J rut!
Have you picked up a copy of the book yet? I’d love to hear what you think about it in the comments.