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What to Eat: Food that's good for your health, pocket and plate [Hardcover]

Joanna Blythman
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1 Mar 2012

Covering all the pressing food dilemmas of our times, What to Eat, by award-winning food writer Joanna Blythman, helps you make sensible, thoughtful and practical choices about what to eat each day, irrespective of your income.

Food should be one of life's greatest pleasures yet, increasingly, choosing it is becoming a chore. Bombarded by questions such as ‘Is red meat bad for you?’ and ‘Is local always best?’ it’s difficult to know what to eat. At the same time, even the basics are becoming more and more expensive, making it essential that we choose the best foods for ourselves and the planet and make them go as far as possible.

Packed with brilliant ideas for choosing lovely, wholesome meat, fish and veg and quick, easy suggestions for cooking them well, without compromising your principles or emptying your purse, this is the modern manual for eating well in the twenty-first century.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007341423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007341429
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Joanna Blythman has one of the sanest food heads in the Western World – and this brilliant book encapsulates her admirably clear thinking in a wonderfully accessible, entertaining way. Everyone who cares what they eat and how they feed their family – that’s all of us, right? – should read it.’ Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

'A rare book, practical, sensible, and passionate. Joanna Blythman writes with clarity, sanity and humanity. Anyone interested in food and cooking should read it.' Matthew Fort

‘A succinct and badly needed encyclopaedia of facts and common sense on food and nutrition for which I am truly grateful. The introduction alone is worth the price of the book.’ Darina Allen

‘Everyone who cares about what they eat and how they feed their family should read this’ Daily Mail

About the Author

Joanna Blythman is Britain's leading investigative food journalist and an influential commentator on the British food chain. She has won five Glenfiddich awards for her writing, including a Glenfiddich Special Award for her first book The Food We Eat, a Caroline Walker Media Award for Improving the Nation's Health by Means of Good Food, and a Guild of Food Writers Award for The Food We Eat. In 2004, she won the prestigious Derek Cooper Award, one of BBC Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards. In 2007, Good Housekeeping Magazine gave her its award for Outstanding Contribution to Food Award 2007. She writes and broadcasts frequently on food issues.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It might be a good book - but it's unreadable! 20 Sep 2012
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WARNING - the good reviews of this book are for the physical book, not the Kindle version. How do I know? Because most of the Kindle version is, quite literally, unreadable. One of the reviewers mentions the "orange writing", and I think this is the source of the problem. This book is completely unsuitable for the Kindle because it hasn't been formatted for the Kindle, the digital version of the book has just been taken and put into basic Kindle format. Not good enough and simply not fit for purpose. Don't waste your money.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REALLY COMPLETE book on food!!! 6 Mar 2012
I got a copy as soon as I could because I loved other books by this author, especially Shopped.
Ever since I dipped my nose into it, I haven't been able to put it down. If you only buy one food book ever, this is the one to go for.
This is the book I have been waiting for. It approaches the vexed subject of how to eat well- and thoughtfully- in a wonderfully common sense, yet highly authoritative way.
I particularly liked the introductory '20 principles of eating well'. This reminded me somewhat of Michael Pollan's Food Rules, but is of more practical use because it goes into more detail and is written for a UK audience.
Blythman writes with great knowledge, clarity, passion and not a little humour. She seems to understand very well all the questions that we ask of food these days, especially the problem of balancing our foodie and ethical aspirations with economic realities.
The book is all-embracing in that it looks at food from all angles. It contains an astonishing amount of different types of well-digested information about food- everything from health, animal welfare, to ethical concerns- but it is so accessible and readable, you want to read it, rather than thinking 'That's useful' and leaving it for another day.
A great read and a really important contribution to our food awareness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You really are what you eat! 21 April 2012
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I have bought two previous books by this author. I respect the quality of her research, the easy-to-read prose and her opinions - even where I do not agree with them! She remains one of the few campaigning food journalist, who covers practical as well as 'political'issues. I think we are what we eat - so being reliably better informed is certainly worth the cover price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In love with this book 23 Aug 2012
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Yes we're all tired of being told "eat this", "don't eat that", to the point where we're negative about food and have come to view it as a task, a guilty sin, a risk.

The reason you should read this book is because it's a positive, clear-headed, rational-minded antidote to all the rubbish we've heard about food - from the industry, but also from well-meaning but misguided scaremongers. It's a fundamentally moderate book, and is not preachy or condescending. Given the weight it punches in terms of research and good sense, that in itself is a huge triumph.

Refreshingly, its core message is a positive one: that we should strive to eat basic, honest, simple, traditional foods, and know what we're eating. It's a celebration of all that's good about real food and dismisses myth and fear simply with facts. The book draws our attention to the hidden value, as well as the hidden costs, in the food we by, and in that sense it's a great education and one we should all embrace.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 9 April 2012
What to Eat: Food that's good for your health, pocket and plate

This is a highly enjoyable book full of interesting advice and information. The 20 principles of eating, made simple is an inspired but commonsensical guide to buying and eating good food. In it she debunks many of the things we've been brought up to believe about what constitutes good and healthy food. It turns out much of what we have been told by the government food scientists and nutritionalists is wrong. So butter, whole/ full milk, eggs etc., are good for you (as the older generation knew all along). In fact it turns out most natural food are. The call to buying organic, high welfare, local, non processed foods is convincingly argued and one I needed little persuading on.

What good about this book is that it builds on the points made in the introduction about principles of eating to give useful, empowering information on how to buy specific food ingredients and getting the most out of them. I liked the way she covers each type of food and ingredient - background information, what you should look out for when buying, things to do with the product etc. All this is very clearly explained and presented.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to be better informed on the food choices they make. For me it was an unputdownable read and it has certainly inspired me to think again about what I buy and eat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of facts 10 Dec 2012
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Much of the info has been published before, even in newspapers. However, a good reminder. Anything like this book is worth looking at.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-have book on food 16 Mar 2012
Joanna Blythman's book, like her others, makes you think. This one, just as the title sugests, makes you think about what to eat. It is very well written and eminently practical. To me, it's a must-have guide to help me through the confusion of food on offer these days.
She starts with 20 princles of eating - insightful, full of common sense. She then take us through ingredients one by one in a no-nonsense way, suggesting when to buy, their health benefits, green credentials and even how to cook : what's not to like?
When she writes that there's nothing new or modish about organics because, till 1950, all the food we ate was organically produced, that's something to store away, ammunition when confronted with people dissing the entire concept of organic food as new fangled and unnecessary.
In this extremely readable book, I'm sure I'm not alone in finding solutions to food quandaries.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin
I bought this book after reading an article in the Guardian on the authors work which really resonated with me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marc Munier
5.0 out of 5 stars What everyone needs to know about the food we eat.
An absolutely brilliant book, and a mine of information about food, most of which I certainly was not aware of. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
Everyone who cares about their own health and that of the planet should read this book. It is well set out in sections and easy to dip into. Full of useful information.
Published 3 months ago by jayne mcbride
5.0 out of 5 stars You really need to read this
This includes all the up to date views in nutrition. Ahead of government guidelines, in stating that fatty foods do NOT affect cholesterol levels and anyway cholesterol is needed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. E. Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
If you care about your food you must read this. Tells you all you need to know about what to look out for when buying food and what to avoid
Published 6 months ago by Kate Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read
I learned a lot from this book. For those who are interested in how their food is produced and the effect on the environment and on their bodies, it is a must read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ANG
5.0 out of 5 stars What to Eat... brilliant book
I rated the book 5 star, because it is so usefull,. Not only does it give the benefits of all foods,
it also adds some good recipes too.. Read more
Published 9 months ago by "Sally Mc"
5.0 out of 5 stars best advice regarding food
The book has a lot of good reasons to make you think twice about the food you eat. This is a great read for people who like to know what they are eating. Read more
Published 15 months ago by lise
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading and acting upon
An excellent read - a truly sensible, no-nonsense, relevant-to-everyone approach that dissects the content, origin, treatment and health value of all types of food in your kitchen... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ZJ
5.0 out of 5 stars book of what to eat
a very informative book on food and how to eay healthy.also what to buy and where.What to Eat: Food that's good for your health, pocket and plate
Published 23 months ago by wendy
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