Monday, November 16, 2015

Blog Tour: Ditching the Drive-Thru (Giveaway too)

Ditching the Drive-Thru

About the Book:

After an exhausting day at work, hitting the drive-thru or nuking a pre-fab meal is all too often the go-to decision for feeding a family. Cooking a meal from scratch using fresh ingredients can seem beyond the average person’s time, energy, or financial means. But with mounting evidence pointing to processed food and our industrial food system as the culprits behind many of our nation’s health problems—including obesity, diabetes, and cancer—it’s now more important than ever to be fully informed about what goes on your family’s dinner plates.

If you’re ready to take control of your food choices but don’t know the difference between grass-fed versus grain-fed, pastured versus free-range, or organic versus sustainable, read this book to discover:

• How to create your own thirty-month plan to convert your family from junk food to real food, without a revolt!

• Recipes and advice on planning and prepping meals so you can make homecooked a habit for your family

 • Instructions for getting the most out of produce using techniques such as lacto-fermentation, dehydrating, and canning

•  introduction to the world of farm-direct sales, including tips on locating local farms, seeing through marketing buzzwords, and shopping with CSAs Ditching the Drive-Thru exposes the insidious hold the commercial food industry has taken over the fast-paced lives of the average American and the danger these processed foods and diet plans pose to our health, environment, and emotional wellbeing.

Learn how to break free from the grind and return to a simpler relationship with food from farmers, not factories, and home-cooked meals that are created in your kitchen, not on a conveyor belt.

My Comments:

My mom and my grandmother both had large vegetable gardens and the tomatoes were to die for--and that's a figure of speech, those tomatoes woudn't kill you but author J. Natalie Winch wonders if the store-bought ethlyne-gassed ones we use today might.  

In Ditching the Drive-Thru, Winch takes a look at how our food has changed over the years (for the worse), how most commercially available food today is produced and what the alternatives are.  She is a supporter of Commuity Supported Agriculture, where customers pre-purchase a percent of a farmer's vegetable crops for the year, of buying meat directly from a farmer and of raw unpasturized milk from pasture-raised cows.  She looks at the low-fat craze and the junky food it produced.  While the book contains a few recipes it isn't really a cookbook.  It is basically a book that urges us to eat like our ancestors who lived in the early twentieth century did.

The book is written in the first person so it sounds like Natalie is talking directly to you, friend to friend.  While she quotes a few scientific studies, she admits she is not a professional in the areas of science or nutrition.  The book is an easy read with a lot of information.

I'd like to thank the folks at iRead Book Tours for providing a complimentary review copy.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  Nevertheless, I give this book a B+


You can win one of twenty free copies of this book at the tour headquarters.

Meet the author:

J. Natalie Winch author pic

J. Natalie Winch lives in southern New Jersey, not far from where she grew up, with her husband, two children, and dogs. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, grading, or making lesson plans, Natalie runs the Hebrew School at her synagogue, coaches soccer, teaches lacto-fermentation classes, writes the occasional entry for her blog Food Empowerment (, and fights the dust bunnies that threaten to take over her family room.

Connect with the author:   Website 

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