The Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food ~ Book Review

By | June 16, 2011

Vintage Remedies Guide to Real FoodSince I am a dietitian in the real world, I enjoy seeking out recipes that use whole foods. One of my favorite books to recommend to people looking to switch over to whole foods is The Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food by Jessie Hawkins.

A little bit about the book:
The Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food is a paperback book on the current food industry, how it got here, how that impacts health and how to change. It includes tips for changing the diet to real foods on a budget, with kids, etc. It also covers 7 confusing foods such as seafood, meat and sweeteners. It ends with a guide to over 150 foods, including not only descriptions, but medicinal and nutritional benefits, how to select and purchase them and recipes to try out the new foods. End of book materials include an index to food additives and additional recipes.

My thoughts:
I have a degree in dietetics, so I started reading the book with the attitude that I wasn’t going to learn much new.  While most of the information contained in the The Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food book was not new to me, I did appreciate having all the information right there at my fingertips for quick reference.  Most people reading the book are not going to have nutrition degrees.  So I think this book would be a wonderful resource to have in your library.  The United States consumes way too many processed foods.  So any book that promotes a whole foods centered diet gets 2-thumbs from me.

I loved the “Real Foods on a Budget” section.  I think the current economy has everyone tightening their belts.  Unfortunately most people turn to more processed foods as their budget shrinks.  So I loved that the author included tips on how to make the most of your food dollars.

I also really liked the “Let Your Foods Be Your Medicine” section.  In addition to a brief overview of each food, it also had recipes to try.   I liked that this section included foods that aren’t as well known – like Kamut, Quinoa, and Agar Agar.  I found a wonderful recipe for a Quinoa and Feta salad that I am going to have to try.

Overall, I believe this is an excellent book to have on hand.  Even though I am trained in this area, I believe that I will refer to this book for information from time to time for information or new recipes.

111 thoughts on “The Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food ~ Book Review

  1. Kitty

    GFC follower – Kitty #28

    This is a book I’d love to add to my collection of cookbooks and food science shelf.

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  2. Kitty

    Best way to add more whole foods is to join a CSA and plant a garden.

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  3. April

    It looks like a great resource to have on hand. We started making our own “processed” foods about three years ago–the time and effort are WORTH it. 🙂
    I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and save money as well.

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  4. Anna Rietsch

    I follow you via GFC and I would love to have this book in my library!
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  5. Anna Rietsch

    Tip on whole foods – Go and visit the local farmers markets!

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  16. Marissa

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    I would love to add this book to my library because my husband and I, newlyweds, are eagerly learning how to eat healthfully on a strict budget.

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  17. Marissa

    We add whole foods to our diet by growing a small garden. We’ve been amazed at how much of a difference in our nutrition AND our grocery bill we can make simply by growing about 30 sq. ft.

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  18. Meghan Lorenzo

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    We just moved to a new city where there are so many gardens and farmers markets and we are trying to shift our eating accordingly. But we need help! This book sounds perfect for us.

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    I would love love this book, I’m trying now, on a budget to eat more ‘real’ food and this is perfect for our needs and new way of eating!

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  24. donna zittel

    we have been going to the farmers market in an attempt to eat more ‘real’ foods.

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  25. Martha Payne

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  26. Martha Payne

    You could add more whole foods to your diet my growing your own garden and substituting those for snacks. goldilocssweeps (@) gmail(dot)com

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  27. Deborah Rosen

    I followed your site with Google Friend Connect. I’d like to add this book to my library because we’ve moved pretty far on the whole foods spectrum, but I’d like to taylor our diets towards treating some minor problems so we can eliminate (hopefully) some over-the-counter meds – while feeling good!

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  28. Deborah Rosen

    What worked for us to add more whole foods to our diet was to stop buying processed foods, one or two at a time.

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  33. Ed Nemmers

    Our family is desiring to eat more healthful this summer.

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  34. Pamela James

    gfc follower and I would like to read the real foods on a budget section.
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  35. Pamela James

    I take my kids to the farmers market and get them interested in the different veggies and fruit.
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  37. Alicia C.

    I’m a GFC follower.
    I am always looking for alternatives to medication. I have found it amazing to learn how foods & herbs can have a powerful effect on health. I’d love to have the book as something to read and then to keep for reference.
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  38. Alicia C.

    The very best tip I have for adding whole foods to your diet is only buying whole foods! If I have a choice between chips and carrot sticks, I’m going to eat the chips – they’re fast & easy. Eliminate the chips, and I’m left with only the carrots!
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  39. Mindy Geske

    I would really like to add this to my library to further my education on healthy aspects of life. It sounds like a very good read.

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  40. Mindy Geske

    how to add more whole foods to your diet?

    I actually am growing an organic garden this summer. I have about 20 plants that I am not using any pestacides on. I’m very excited to be able to share these vegis to everyone I knows diet.

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  41. Veronica Garrett

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    I follow via google and would love to win this book because i think it would be very helpful and interesting

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  43. Kandi Smith

    I follow aheartfulloflove on GFC – klbs1.
    I would love to own this book because I took a nutrition course in college several years ago and found it extremely interesting. I would like this book to renew and update my knowledge.

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  44. Kandi Smith

    I add whole foods to my family’s diet by substituting raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, or broccoli for potato chips when serving sandwiches.

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  45. Gianna

    I’m always looking for new natural remedies.
    Now following GFC (Gianna).

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