Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It
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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 Food/Fake Food brings readers into the unregulated food industry, revealing that this shocking deception extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It’s a massive bait and switch where counterfeiting is rampant and where the consumer ultimately pays the price.

But Olmsted does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff, to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and savor: genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their craft.  

Part cautionary tale, part culinary crusade, Real Food/Fake Food is addictively readable, mouth-wateringly enjoyable, and utterly relevant. Larry Olmsted convinces us why real food matters.

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

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

  • 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 i...

  • 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 te...

  • 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 wa...

  • 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, & org...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 chees...

  • puppy
    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, a...

  • 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 ...

    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 P...