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100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Leake
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#1 New York Times Bestseller (New York Times)

“Very detailed and comprehensive.…If you’re ready to take the challenge, this is an excellent handbook.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

“Perfect for those who are trying to ditch processed foods.” (

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

The creator of the 100 Days of Real Food blog draws from her hugely popular website to offer simple, affordable, family-friendly recipes and practical advice for eliminating processed foods from your family's diet.

Inspired by Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake decided her family's eating habits needed an overhaul. She, her husband, and their two small girls pledged to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods—a challenge she opened to readers on her blog.

Now, she shares their story, offering insights and cost-conscious recipes everyone can use to enjoy wholesome natural food—whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seafood, locally raised meats, natural juices, dried fruit, seeds, popcorn, natural honey, and more.

Illustrated with 125 photographs and filled with step-by-step instructions, this hands-on cookbook and guide includes:

  • Advice for navigating the grocery store and making smart purchases
  • Tips for reading ingredient labels
  • 100 quick and easy recipes for such favorites as Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale Pesto Cream Sauce, and Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
  • Meal plans and suggestions for kid-pleasing school lunches, parties, and snacks
  • "Real Food" anecdotes from the Leakes' own experiences
  • A 10-day mini starter-program, and much more. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 34120 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (26 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will soon become “dirty” from the daily usage 26 Aug. 2014
By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
‘100 Days of Real Food’ prepared by Lisa Leake is well-made cookbook full of good advices and recipes – a nice continuation of her cooking website. In her cooking she uses simple formula - not looking for the complicated and difficult to find ingredients, but use those everyday accessible which you will not have trouble finding in store.

It must be admitted she succeeded providing numerous tips and tricks, knowledge and tools required for creating delicious dishes in relatively short time which is mandatory if we are speaking about family for which this book is mainly intended.

The book is divided in two main parts – in first one Lisa gives instructions about healthy diet, presenting her tools and cooking knowledge, while in second part together with numerous photos she presented 100 recipes which would give inspiration to additional hundred (at least) more.

Moms with school children will be happy to find inside lunchbox pictures which provide some great ideas for meals for kids when they are in school. On the other hand this book because of the simplicity would be great for people who after a long day outside the house just don’t have the required inspiration to look through the cookbooks or browse the supermarkets searching for incredible ingredients; using what they can find in their local store or maybe already bought they would be able to prepare some quick and interesting meal.

Therefore, this book is not only a collection of interesting recipes, but can be seen as a helping hand how to see familiar and easy-to-find ingredients in a different way, while (again) having fun preparing dishes.

Overall, ‘100 Days of Real Food’ is a well-prepared book that would be equally nice to browse through when you have time to get an inspiration, though I imagine will soon become “dirty” from the daily usage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely 5 star xx 21 Dec. 2014
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The most brilliant, awe inspiring book ever! This lady is revolutionary in her ideas and she makes things so easy and simple to follow! This is a must for anyone's kitchen x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Jan. 2015
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Fantastic, this a cookbook,and a journey on how to eat and be healthy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 14 Jan. 2015
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Amazing easy to follow recipes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written for a person like me! 31 Aug. 2014
By Mel - Published on
I was excited to get my copy of this cookbook. I'm one of those people who knows all about real food and what I should be eating but don't actually follow most of the advice out there. With three young kids I'm trying to do better, which is why I bought this cookbook. I feared I would crack it open, get overwhelmed, shelve it and never look at it again. Or that all the recipes would use items I couldn't find in Canadian stores or if I did would cost a fortune.
When I opened it up I felt like I was greeted by a friend. Someone who had walked the same road as me and was there to help make it easier for me. She wasn't making me change all my ways overnight, just giving me easy changes I could make to improve my diet.
I went grocery shopping the next day. I didn't make over my entire grocery cart but I had meal planned based on this cookbook (something I don't typically do with a new cookbook but I actually wanted to make everything!). In doing so I ended up filling my cart with real food and it didn't feel like a huge life change.
All the recipes use normal foods found in normal grocery stores. They're easy to follow with step by step instructions, great tips, family friendly recipes with pictures of every meal.
The first section is informative and not condescending in tone (great for a new cook or someone like me who is new to a real food journey).
I love this cookbook! I feel like it will be living on my counter for many years!
126 of 148 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The book is beautiful, and there is a lot of helpful information ... 30 Aug. 2014
By Kelly - Published on
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The book is beautiful, and there is a lot of helpful information about eating real food, but some of the 100+ recipes I would not consider worth having in there (flavored yogurt, popcorn, etc). While not everyone may know how to flavor their yogurt or make popcorn without additives, those could have been provided as tips, rather than "recipes." Also included as a recipe is honey mustard (which is really just mixing two ingredients), a corn tortilla recipe straight off the side of the bag, and a perfect omelet recipe, which is so super simple I don't think it should have been included as a "recipe." As I mentioned, some of these simple things could have been given as tips (e.g., I use the corn tortilla recipe on the Brand X should check it out; or in the school lunch section to say, "My daughter loves mixing 1/2 tsp of Honey and X amount of mustard to make her own honey mustard for lunch.". I was looking for more real recipes and less information about how to get started with eating real food. I understand there are a lot of people out there that don't know these things, but they could have been communicated in a different way, other than a "recipe." I felt like it was done to inflate the number of recipes in the book. If you are a newbie and have never read the info she has on her site about getting started with real food, there is good information here though!
56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a Real Food Bible! 28 Aug. 2014
By Maria G - Published on
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I have been following Lisa's blog for a few years and I have an extensive nutrition background. I just read this on my Kindle from cover to cover on a flight from Vegas. This is much more than a cookbook; it is basically a Real Food Bible. Lisa explains from start to finish why each Real Food Rule exists. You may think that by hopping around on the website or following her on Facebook, you are getting tons of free information, and you are right. But reading it in this fashion helps one to understand the concepts on a deeper level. It covers recipes, yes, but the scenarios and explanations solidifies why we need to eat this way. This is exactly what I needed to make the final changes towards a real food diet. Before, I was applying most rules, but not with conviction or purpose, as in organic or local meats. As a dietitian, I recommend this book to everyone!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some hits, some misses 8 Sept. 2014
By R. Elliott - Published on
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I'm a fan of Lisa Leake's blog and have cooked many recipes from it over the past year. It's my go to source for basic, healthy, simple recipes so I was very excited about this book. This review is primarily for the recipes.

So far I've cooked:
Baked mac and cheese -- Very good and toddler approved
Slow cooker beef fajitas -- Easy prep but not much flavor, mushy vegetables, not as good as other fajitas I've made at home
Whole wheat flour tortillas -- Using the coconut oil gave them a funny flavor, to my taste, so I think I'd use a different cooking fat if I tried this again
Cinnamon raisin quick bread -- Easy and yummy, a definite winner
Grass-fed burgers -- Very tasty, I'd make these again

I'm giving the book 3 stars because there were fewer recipes I was interested in trying than I expected and two of the 5 recipes I've made so far were sort of meh. I'll update as I cook more from the book. All in all, I guess I'm not fully convinced that it's necessary to buy this book if you're already enjoying the blog.
36 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone! 27 Aug. 2014
By Jennifer D. Edwards - Published on
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Having followed this blog for a few years now and making the change to real food, I wondered if this cookbook would offer anything new. In typical Lisa Leake fashion, it is so well thought out and organized that there is no doubt it will become a staple in my kitchen. It lays out how to get started eating real food all the way through eating in special situations (e.g. Traveling, restaurants, school lunches). I love pretty cookbooks and this one is a winner, with a photo for each recipe! I especially appreciate the tips for reusing and freezing foods to maximize your budget. Seriously, this cookbook should be in every kitchen!
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