The Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food

vintageremedies I rarely do book reviews on this blog. Mostly because I rarely get books read on a deadline. I love reading, but between a MASSIVE backlog of magazine subscriptions and keeping up with the latest book club selection, I typically am falling asleep while reading right before bed. But when I was offered this book as a review I really wanted to give it a shot.

I have mentioned a few times the food changes we are making here in the Diaper Diary household. We have been really successful in eliminating processed food from the house and focusing on eating food the way God made it. It hasn’t always been easy on the wallet, but I am really excited about the changes and am thrilled every time the kids reach for a snack of fruits, veggies or nuts. I have been making homemade bread for almost 5 months now, all our meat is free range and I recently stumbled upon a source for farm fresh eggs. Oh and I pick up our first box from the CSA we joined. I have no idea what I am going to do with things like sorrel and kale, but I am totally up for the challenge.

And I have to tell you reading the Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food, I am even more excited about the changes we are making. And I am inspired to make a few more. This book totally lays out in an easy to understand format what it means to eat “real, whole foods.” In my quest to make changes, I have read a lot of blogs and sites and I am often left confused and overwhelmed. This book breaks nearly all foods down telling us what to eat and how to eat it. Included are tons of easy recipes to make the most of fruits, veggies, grains, and meats. It is a book “for the rest of us.” Those who want to make changes, but don’t want to be bored out of our mind with a bunch of preachy, scientific, uber-earthy lingo.

The first half of the book takes us through the history of food including every trend from low fat, to low carb, to high fiber and why each has missed the mark. It really helps lay a foundation for why we need to eat “real” food and get rid of all the processed junk. Also it touches on how to truly decipher food labels, eat healthy on a budget (in my opinion one of the biggest challenges we are experiencing as we make changes) and how to get your kids to jump on board with eating more fruits and vegetables.

One of my favorite features is the second half of the book where the author, Jessie Hawkins, goes through over 150 different foods outlining the health benefits associated with each. I have had fun reading them to the kids before we try a new food so we know why it is we are eating what we are eating. Almost every food has an accompanying recipe so this will be a definite go to book this summer as we explore new foods from our CSA. The author even has a new blog with posts dedicated on what exactly to do with all those greens in your CSA box. I will be checking that often for inspiration (wondering if I can stomach a “green” smoothie).

I truly loved this book and think you will too. I was provided a copy of this book to review by Mama Buzz. And over on their site, they are giving away a copy of Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food, so if you would like to read it for yourself, head over their and enter. And if you are making any changes to your family’s eating or trying to move to a more whole food diet, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

P.S. In case you worry that I have gone totally granola, you should know I still (mostly) shave my legs and have not begun weaving clothing out of hemp. I do however buy synthetic leather but only because I am way to cheap to buy the good stuff.


  1. Just as long as you’re still shaving your legs the next time I see you!! There’s alot of areas that we’ve definitely improved on. But there’s still some snack things I need to find replacements on. The expense is the biggest hurdle to get over. It stinks that healthy is expensive!! I think the summer will help – farmer markets are plentiful!! So that’s good!
    .-= mandi@itscome2this´s last blog ..Saturday stumbles =-.

  2. That’s funny about the granola part :). I can soooooooo relate- I have a friend that has nicknamed me that and always checks my legs to make sure I haven’t totally let myself go to “the dark side.” I’m going to have to look into that book- thanks for the heads up.
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..Mr. President =-.

  3. I’mm all for you, as long as you don’t try to make me eat any wierd stuff!

  4. green smoothies are fine if you DON’T use frozen greens. Then they’re nasty.
    Just saying.
    Good luck :)

  5. We’ve been doing some of the same things. haven’t gotten to the point of farm fresh eggs, but I’d like to. I made homemade bread, buns, rolls, etc. And I always have a stash of muffins, banana bread, granola bars, etc. in the freezer to throw in my husban’d lunch. it’s definitely more time consuming, but so worth it to know what you’re eating.
    .-= megan´s last blog ..Homemade Hostess Cupcakes =-.

  6. Our favorite use for kale is in soups. Put some in cream soups like potato soup, cream of chicken, etc.

    I am doing a series (starting today!) on eating “Real Food on a Budget” so if you’re having trouble check it out!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Real Food on a Budget: Introduction =-.

  7. You have made some awesome changes. I will definitely be reading to see how everything is going for you. It is great that you have not only made decisions to eat food as God designed it, but also that you are supporting local agriculture!

    Keep up the good work.
    .-= Dr. Josh Axe´s last blog ..Fuel for Your Cells =-.

  8. Green smoothies are really good. You can’t even taste the “green”, especially if you use spinach. I find kale and chard to change the texture slightly. Whatever fruit you add really covers the flavor. My daughter actually prefers green smoothies to non-green ones!
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..New Carpet =-.

  9. When you put it all together like that you guys are very impressive. I’m glad they are giving away this book – because I am going to go win it, right now.
    .-= Jen @ BigBinder´s last blog ..Manifestations of Success =-.

  10. Victoria says:

    I love books like this! Sometimes we all need to be reminded to eat more of THIS and less of “THAT” (in my case, tacos and twizzlers).

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