At first glance, you may think that you already have this book and that you either:
1. Think the book is too huge, with too strange ingredients, to dive into, or
2. Want a new pristine book because your copy is dog-eared and tattered.
Think again, because this book is actually the NEW children’s version of Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions Cookbook. I know, it looks just like the NT cookbook for adults, pictured below.
It was released this past spring and it’s absolutely beautiful! A young mom, Suzanne Gross, cowrote this new children’s cookbook with Sally. Here’s a picture of Suzanne practicing what she preaches by cooking with her own children.
Photo Credit: Gnowfglins.com
I love, love, love this book. I give it 5 stars! It has clear explanations in kid-friendly language about how to choose food so that your food actually nourishes you, so that you can run and play and study hard, and are much less likely to get sick. If you have ever felt that the original Nourishing Traditions book was too intimidating because of its thickness and mention of strange foods such as liver and brains, then this children’s book would be a better place for you to start.
Many times I get children’s books, like biographies for kids, so I can understand seemingly enigmatic topics like Nikola Tesla. So the fact that Sally has co-written a book for kids about Nourishing Traditions has me overjoyed! This book helps me understand the Nourishing Traditions principles better so I can better teach them to my children. As I read through it, I found myself nodding and thinking “a-ha, that is such a great way to explain that concept.” Like how to explain to your children why sugar is bad. The authors say that sugar is like a minus sign in mathematics in that it takes away nutrients from your body, like from your bones and teeth, in order to be digested.
I was talking to my friend Caralee, a Weston A. Price devotee who saw dramatic change in her health when she switched to the Nourishing Traditions/Weston A. Price way. (You can read her story here. Just scroll down a ways past my rambling and photos of my kids. You can also read more of her story here. Then she posted about the benefits of raw milk from grass-fed cows here.) She told me not only how much she loved this new book but that her 3 older daughters love it too and each one wants a copy of her own!
This book has so many wonderful features:
- spiral binding so it easily lies flat
- gorgeous full-color illustrations that look like photographs
- easy to understand explanations of why its best to soak your grains, get eggs from a farmer instead of a store, drink raw milk, get pasture-fed meat, eat real food, consume fermented drinks instead of soda, and eat sourdough bread
- tips for parents to involve children in meal planning and cooking in the Nourishing Traditions way
- recipes that have fewer ingredients than the original Nourishing Traditions book, which can scare some people away (speaking from personal experience here. I had the book for about 5 to 6 years before I finally cracked it open and actually spilled something on it so it finally looked used)
Here is a sample recipe from the book:
Every recipe is like this, with pictures of the items and ingredients needed and super-clear directions.
I grew up in the 70s and 80s which was when the world was firmly entrenched in the mesmerizing effects of factory processed food. Velveeta, Jello, Doritos, M and Ms, Pringles, Jet Puffed Marshmallows, Cool Whip, ranch dressing loaded with MSG, Snickers, and Cheetos were considered the wonders of the world. Everything was touted as fat-free and delicious. So to stumble across Nourishing Traditions was mind blowing. You mean it’s OK to eat cream? It’s OK to put butter and sour cream on my potatoes? Raw milk is OK? It really is OK to eat real, buttery, yummy, fatty food? Wow!
Imagine a world where kids grow up knowing that milk actually comes from cows, not just the store, and that raw milk is great for you to drink. Imagine a world where kids know that butter and whole salt are not evil and parents and kids are both OK with putting them on their vegetables. Imagine a world where kids know that it’s not just fun to eat ice cream, but that ice cream can actually nourish your body if it is made with real food like raw cream, egg yolks, and natural sweeteners, and fruit. Imagine a world where kids know that it’s permissible to pour as much full fat dressing on their salads as they want, because fat actually helps you digest raw vegetables better and actually absorb all the nutrients in greens. Imagine a world where kids are happy and healthy because of the food they eat and we have fewer chronic childhood illnesses. You can create this world with your kids by teaching them from this cookbook!
We are holding a giveaway for a copy of this book thanks to the authors donating a copy! Please comment below if you want to be entered into a random drawing for a copy of the book. The winner will be announced on Monday August 31st.