Nourishing Traditions — Sally Fallon

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We refer to this as our “Yellow Food Bible.” Sally Fallon is President of the Weston A Price Foundation. Weston Price was a dentist who travelled the world and observed traditional, indigenous groups and their diets:

“Whilst the diets of these peoples differed in many particulars…(they all) ate fats, meats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains in the whole, unrefined state…(and) some raw foods… Almost every member…enjoyed superb health…free of chronic disease, dental decay and mental illness; they were strong, sturdy and attractive; and they produced healthy children with ease, generation after generation.”

These observations set the stage for Dr Price’s suggestion that the culinary traditions of our ancestors, the food choices and preparation techniques of healthy non-industrial peoples, should serve as the model for contemporary eating. This claim is broken down into a series of practical advise-sets:

  • Fats, Carbohydrates, Proteins
  • Dairy
  • Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes
  • Salts, Spices, Additives
  • Beverages

The advise here is very well-researched, yet succinct, direct and practical. It was directly responsible for entirely overhauling my approach to breakfast, in particular: out with all processed cereals; in with leftover dinner (chicken pieces, moussaka, chilli, curry etc), or bacon and eggs, or home-made broth. Trust me: this sets me up well for the whole day and I don’t need another meal before dinner in the evening—just a few nuts and a creamy coffee serves as lunch.

Upsides

  • Excellent, comprehensive advice, relating to all major food categories
  • Over 700 recipes, by meal type
  • Innumerable tips, hints and traditional insights, on every page
  • Challenges “Politically Correct Nutrition” and “Diet Dictocrats”
  • Links with Weston A Price Foundation.

Downsides

  • Relatively expensive
  • Principally a reference tome / recipe book

Summary

Excellent nutrition advice; fabulous resource. If you can afford it, get one for your kitchen, familiarise yourself with the book and turn to it whenever you need to refresh your understanding, or find a traditional, nutritious recipe.

Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nourishing Traditions: four stars out of five.


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