100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake

100 Days of Real Food

Simple, family-friendly recipes and practical advice to help you ditch processed food and eat better every day!Thanks to Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake was given the wake-up call of her life when she realized that many of the foods she was feeding her family were actually "foodlike substances." So she, her husband, and their two young girls completely overhauled their diets by pledging to go 100 days without eating highly process...

Details 100 Days of Real Food

Title100 Days of Real Food
Release DateAug 26th, 2014
PublisherWilliam Morrow Cookbooks
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Food, Nonfiction, Cooking, Health

Reviews 100 Days of Real Food

  • Huma Rashid
    I mean, it has some good recipes, so that's nice, but honestly, this is what happens when literally anyone can publicize their change in eating habits and brand themselves an "expert."THe GMO section was hilarious to me, but also very sad because it was the perfect illustration of scientific illiteracy. Obviously, the author feels that GMOs are bad, adn lists a bunch of fruits/vegetables that are 'at risk' or whatever for being modified. And I'm ...
  • Brianne
    Lisa Leake is pretentious, and that pretentious attitude saturates everything she does.Not everyone can afford her lifestyle. Her and her husband live in Charlotte, which is one of the most expensive places to live in North Carolina, she's a stay at home mom who can afford a cushy lifestyle, and thus, thinks that everyone else should be able to do what she does.She once told a reader of her website to sell their car so they could afford clean eat...
  • Carissa
    I have such mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I agreed with the author's food philosophy. Processed foods are bad, bad, bad. I, like the author, read Pollan's book, In Defense of Food and agreed with it. Some of the advice the author gave was helpful and I was motivated to eat better.Buuuuuuuut, there was a lot in this book that I couldn't relate to. The author made such a sweeping and dramatic change in her diet and props to her. Howe...
  • Jamie Puleo
    I've followed Lisa Leake on Facebook for some time which is why I wanted to check out this book. After reading, I can say that it was a worthwhile read, and the recipes are a great introduction to simple, clean eating. Her family has definitely gone to the most strict sense of clean eating, and that isn't for everyone, including me, but it definitely makes you think about what clean eating means and how even small changes such as reading labels c...
  • Stacey Sapper
    The healthy eating sections in the beginning of the book are interesting. However, these recipes are way too basic and there are really very few recipes- for people who do not know how to cook at all. My book group chose this and I will give this to our library. I have many actual cookbooks.
  • Kristen
    More of a cookbook than anything else - but some great information and support in a 'real food' diet.
  • Rebekah
    Very informative and helpful! I was reminded of things I already knew, and learned a lot of new things along the way. The recipes in the latter half of the book look GREAT! I can't wait to give them a try!!
  • Naomi
    I have to say that I found myself shaking my head while reading this book. The pretentiousness, arrogance and condescension of this author was WAY too much for me. The entire time while reading this book, I thought she taught her audience as though they were too stupid to think through anything and needed her direction to even go to the bathroom. If they're too stupid to even read a recipe and then make up a grocery list, how do you them to cook ...
  • Ann
    This is a beautiful book with great photographs. I read the first half, and like other reviewers, was a bit put off with her pretentious attitude and constant referencing of Michael Pollan, who himself is a journalist and not a nutritionist. I would have like more "science" backup, although I did learn a few things about processed food. I feel like she really excels at marketing her ideas in a beautiful glossy book!The second half of the book is ...
  • Cheryl
    Loved it! Pure common sense, but it's good to have it all laid out and recipes too. We are gonna do this - it's gonna take a bit - while we use up what we have but then pure butter and olive oil, 100% whole wheat, and cutting MAJORLY back on added sugars, deepfried, fast food and items with preservatives in it. Have you read the labels on your bread?! Bagels? Wraps? Salad Dressing? Things that are supposed to be "healthy". Insane. Whole foods is ...
  • Sara
    Really cool ideas in here, even if you don't go completely "real food". Gives you a lot to think about. Every recipe I've tried is fantastic (and easy).
  • Caitlin Padanyi
    The teaching portion of this book is a little judge-y. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone in the earlier stages of recovering from disordered eating. Lots of stars though for tons of super practical recipe inspiration! Such a great resource for lunch ideas in particular.
  • Stacy Reid
    Excellent ideas on how to move towards more wholesome eating and living. Wonderful recipes.
  • Michelle Jorgensen
    Awesome cookbook. Lisa's lovely personality shines throughout.
  • Julia
    One positive takeaway from this book was a lot of easy and practical ways to incorporate more real food into my diet. But man... this author is very much blind to her own privilege. This woman's diet relies on a lot of things that are unrealistic to most- disposable income, time and access- and her condescension towards those who are unable to feed their families this strictly prescribed diet was not appreciated.
  • Annmarie
    I love these recipes!!! I have already made a third of them. They are easy to follow and make. Each recipe I made has came out great!!!
  • Nancy Bennett
    This book is broken down into 2 sections: the first half is a recap of what is on Lisa's blog and the 100 day "real food challenge" that started it all. The 2nd half is recipes.I follow the blog and agree with some of the other comments; Lisa can come off as pretentious because she is very passionate about her beliefs. There is nothing wrong with that, but it can rub some people the wrong way. She is also a stay-at-home mom with what appears to b...
  • Elizabeth
    A couple years ago I started following 100 Days of Real Food on Facebook. It was an easy way to see lunch ideas and get some great recipes for our family. I visit their blog occasionally and have pulled some of our favorite recipes from their (the creamy wheat macaroni and cheese is a favorite of my husband's!).I was thrilled when I heard about their cookbook. And even more excited when they offered me a copy in order to review it! 100 Days of Re...
  • Laura
    This books is OK. It offers a lot of arguments for cleaner eating, but the author didn't qualify herself as a nutritionist. . . just someone who developed a strong interest after reading Michael Pollan. She comes off as a little preachy, and there isn't really a narrative. She tells you things, then gives you recipes. The recipes themselves are solid, though pretty basic. Many of them would take too long for me to prepare during the week.One thin...
  • Kelli
    I am (admittedly) more than a little obsessed with food...or perhaps terrified by food would be more accurate. What I read on a weekly basis keeps me up at night, and I can't for the life of me understand how these additives and poisons are legally put into our food. There are many books about food that I'm not yet brave enough to read, though I am very well-versed in and try to abide by the whole/local/certain things organic lifestyle. This book...
  • Jen
    I love the concept of this book. I really try to prepare whole foods for my kids, but this lady takes it to a level that I don't feel like committing myself to at this time in my life. For example, if it comes from the store, it has to be 5 ingredients or less, and the word whole and organic must be present. Now, I'm a label reader big time. I look for sugar content, artificial ingredients, fat, sodium, etc...Part of my degree is in nutrition, bu...
  • Amy
    Four stars for the recipes. Many of them are basic staples, but I will use this a lot as a reference for making basic recipes with whole foods.Two stars for the text. It's a lot of Michael Pollan regurgitation, applied to this family's lifestyle, which has broad areas that don't overlap with our lifestyle. I skipped big sections because they were either things I have already read about hundreds of times, or weren't applicable to people without ki...
  • Emily
    I would say I identify with the "real food" philosophy of eating more than any other diet trend these days. I read In Defense of Food (like Leake did) and it completely changed my views just like it did hers (although I didn't change my life as drastically as she did). So I agree with a lot of the things she says in the book. I personally liked the ratio of content/recipes in the book, although some might be disappointed if they were looking for ...
  • Katie
    Really beautiful book with photos for every recipe. I have enjoyed the recipes that I've tried and I am looking forward to making more. My complaint is that the author talks about the importance of portion control when you're eating real food -- the recipes do not have calorie or nutrient counts -- but there is no discussion of what kind of portions are appropriate. I feel like it would be really easy to make these delicious recipes and end up ea...
  • Misti
    I have enjoyed Lisa Leake's blog for many years now and have implemented her meal plans and recipes which both went over well with my family. Part one of the book reviews how Lisa came to be so passionate about real foods and gives very applicable steps towards getting your family on board with better eating choices. Part two gives us the recipes broken down into meal times and concludeds with homemade staple recipes like bbq sauce and tomato sau...
  • Beth
    This book felt like fan-fiction. Yes, it's non-fiction, but it reads like fan-fiction, because it's basically just a repackaging of Michael Pollan's ideas, with nothing added to it, and no criticism.. just unabashed love for Michael Pollan. I guess if you want all that in a tiny little package, then you could try this book, but for me, it was missing the meat of Michael Pollan's works that make them more palatable.
  • Gina
    I am a already a firm believer in eating fresh food and avoiding processed things whenever possible. The recipes in this book are rated by ease of preparation and I was able to get some great ideas. Being a Weight Watchers point counter made me cringe that some of the ingredients could be high in points, but I could see that processed sugar was eliminated in the recipes so that I won't need to worry about unhealthy choices.
  • Claudia Gray
    Excellent book on eating a more basic diet! I will incorporate many ideas right away.This is a no nonsense book about eating healthy, natural, non processed foods. We are so over processed these days, we don't even known what real food tastes like. This book gives great basics to begin eating less processed foods and getting your health back.
  • Erin
    Great introduction to clean eating. Easy to follow and I enjoyed the author's personal anecdotes about her own journey and her family's response. Great recipes included. Still use it as a handbook as I am trying to navigate this whole clean eating world.
  • Raquel
    I encourage anyone looking to know more about the food their consuming to read this book. Offers practical advice about reading labels and substitutions to favorite bad foods. I would recommend for moms with kids needing basic help on starting a whole food lifestyle.