Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It

Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It

You?ve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from wood pulp. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn?t. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans. Real You?ve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from wood pulp. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. E...

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Title:Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It
Author:Larry Olmsted
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do about It
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:318 pages pages

Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It Reviews

  • Amy
    Jul 25, 2017
    Intriguing I don?t agree with the author on all points. In my humble opinion, he comes across as a food snob. I?m happy that he is able to travel the world to sample the best of the best when it comes to food and drink, but he is writing a book for the layperson. It would have b...
  • Marsha
    Jul 02, 2016
    Larry Olmsted has an engaging and anecdotal style of writing that makes his book compulsively easy to read and it is oh so informative. I am on a quest now to find real and fresh parma-reggianno cheese and authentic and fresh olive oil. I am glad to know why ordering red snapper in a r...
  • Jane
    Feb 14, 2017
    So repetitive and really not very well-written or edited. ...
  • Wellington
    Nov 20, 2016
    This is one depressing book. Larry Olmsted proceeds to rip open the curtain and show us readers that the food that we love is about as real as the great wizard of Oz. He takes us a stroll through real cheese and wine makers ... and through the fake world of "kobe beef", "champagne", "o...
  • Leslie
    Jul 25, 2016
    I loved this book it inspired me to be a better shopper and a better diner. After reading this book you will understand import facts about: Parmesan cheese - there can be only one everything else is fake Champagne only comes from the champagne region of France and why Why Ameri...
  • Kim Berkshire
    Aug 07, 2016
    Parts were really interesting, but I agree with reviewer who thought how nice for the author to be able to travel the world eating things most of us will only ever see at Whole Foods or the farmer's market (if that farmer's market is in, say, Napa). Would like to have seen more America...
  • Katy
    Oct 20, 2016
    Really great audio book - but I'm never: Ordering sushi Eating antibiotic-raised animals Buying "champagne" Ordering ANY seafood ...
  • Shomeret
    Oct 01, 2016
    When I decided to read Real Food/Fake Food by Larry Olmsted after seeing it on my Goodreads feed, my main concern with fake food was whether my health was being endangered by it. I learned that Larry Olmsted is what was once called a gourmet, but would now be referred to as a foodie. H...
  • Billie
    Jul 29, 2016
    This book was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors ("principal" instead of "principle" and?the one that almost made me stop reading?"Columbia" for the country of "Colombia") and presents information that should be common knowledge to most of the audience for whom this book ...
  • GONZA
    May 02, 2016
    This book is scaring, even if it starts talking about Parma, which is one of the loveliest city I've ever lived (for 9 years) and where is possible to find the real Parmigiano Reggiano, and the real Prosciutto di Parma and so on. As an Italian person living in Europe (Berlin to be prec...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    Mar 31, 2017
    Bullet Review: Wavering between 2 and 3 stars - yes, I will be returning this on Audible!! I've read more than a couple of these types of books, Fast Food Nation, Omnivore's Dilemma, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and I must say, this one was the least interesting of the bunch. I...
  • s
    Jan 03, 2017
    I broke my "no pop science" rule and once again mildly regret it. The book examines a handful of "real" foods and their fake counterparts: Parmigiano-Reggiano, Champagne, seafood, coffee, olive oil, and truffle oil are a few examples. All have a long, venerable history and exacting...
  • Emily
    May 29, 2017
    It took me over a month to slog through this book. As a vegetarian, it confirmed many of my reasons for excluding meat, poultry, and especially seafood from my diet, but the author came off a bit holier-than-thou for his eating choices-- something I've always tried to avoid doing, even...
  • Judy
    Nov 26, 2016
    Holy cow! Or, perhaps holy pure, natural, grass-fed, 100% beef cow. There's an overwhelming amount of info here about what we're buying versus what we think we're actually buying. Meat, olive oil, cheese, seafood, honey, juice - even Scotch. Read this, weep, and become a bit smarter ab...
  • Sophia
    Aug 01, 2016
    Highly recommended reading for anyone who truly cares about food and the food & beverage industry. As a life-long food appreciator, as someone who loves to travel, and as a person who feels strongly about shopping and eating locally, this book was exactly what I hoped it would be. ...
  • Jane
    Sep 25, 2016
    This writing in this book seemed more emotional than scientific or informative. Many times in farming or animal husbandry decisions are made for improving production and lowering costs. I agree that natural products are better but the population size of the world at present doesnt allo...
  • Ken Dowell
    Oct 14, 2016
    Several years ago I was vacationing in Puerto Rico and while driving along the south coast of the island, stopped at a seaside restaurant. Sitting on a dining deck overlooking the Caribbean, I ordered red snapper and thought that it was possibly the best fish fillet I?d ever tasted. ...
  • Kim
    Jun 20, 2017
    It's a rare book to make me consider plowing under my yard in favor of becoming my own farmer, but this book has nearly done it. Larry Olmsted outlines a world of faux food, imported poisons, and scams available in supermarkets and restaurants near you, everything from cheeses to wines...
  • Heidi
    Jan 27, 2017
    Of the many "food expose" books I've read, this is probably the least interesting. It's not because it's not well written (it's actually very well research and the clarity of writing is excellent). Rather, it's because the food he writes about isn't the food of the masses. It's the foo...
  • ❀ Susan G
    Mar 02, 2017
    https://ayearofbooksblog.com/2017/03/... Real Food, Fake Food was a very long book to listen to during my commutes. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and the first time that I borrowed it from the library and it was automatically returned. It was tempting to just give up at this poin...
  • Nicole
    Nov 14, 2017
    I like to think I?m a pretty savvy consumer (compulsive label-reader, ingredient-researcher, CSPI-supporter, etc), but the great many new things I learned from this book demonstrate the constant vigilance required to avoid poisoning yourself in America?s industrialized food wildern...
  • Jackballoon
    Jul 30, 2017
    The book made me very glad that I am a vegetarian who doesn't drink, but it was much too long, and repetitive. ...
  • Eric
    Apr 05, 2017
    If I ever wanted to lose weight, I think reading nonfiction food books is a good start. Real Food/Fake Food is the second book in a row generally referencing food, nutrition, health, etc. The first was The Big Fat Surprise. Real Food/Fake Food (RF/FF) is a confusing, informative and di...
  • Matty-Swytla
    Nov 18, 2017
    It's a good starter book for consumers who know little about the history and geography of the more expensive food on the market, considered to be one of the most delicious dishes on the planet, but there's less about the everyday stuff. The sections about seafood and wine are very good...
  • kathleen
    Jul 17, 2016
    Should have been an essay. ...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 14, 2016
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via Librarything, in exchange for an honest review. I had a love/hate relationship with this book. The chapters on seafood and olive oil were terrifying. The rest of the book really irked me. I absolutely understand the regi...
  • Jessica
    Dec 10, 2016
    5 Mind-Blowing-Stars! ????? Everyone need to read this book. Its insane finding out the truth about what we put in our mouths, thinking we are eating healthy. Worst part is, the people, & organizations like the FDA & USDA , who are supposed to be protecting us, don't...
  • Savannah
    Dec 11, 2016
    this. was. FASCINATING. ...
  • Annie
    Apr 11, 2018
    If you know me, you know I love food politics. I love reading about it, I love thinking about it. I love thinking about the ethics of what we eat, about the victims of our consumption, about the many, many ways the FDA and food companies fail consumers, about the health consequences of...
  • Sydney (Сидни)
    Jul 11, 2018
    This is a good start - definitely some useful tidbits in here - but, it's a bit more like a storybook with lots of detailed quips. I do recommend it for basics as far as understanding labeling - which seems to be the number one reason for "fake food" throughout the world. It's all in t...