Originally Posted by 1littlebit
oo also i am considering the omnivores dilemma and full moon feast. i really agree with the pp that TF is pretty basic. whole foods seasonally and preserved in ways that have been used long before all of the processing. i am hesitant to buy books that repeat that lol.
I agree with the 'whole foods seasonally' and traditional preservation methods as a basis for TF, but IMO, a huge part of what's been missing from conventional nutritionism is the extreme and irreplaceable value of animal foods, fat included, from properly-raised animals
. A lot of the non-WAPF stuff out there that embraces whole, seasonal foods still expresses a fear of animal fat, with all kinds of little digs about avoiding "unhealthy" saturated fat (often ignoring facts like lard is 50% monounsaturated). For instance, I adore Michael Pollan's writing (I was a big fan long before Omnivore's Dilemma
), but he still expresses uneasiness about saturated fats and usually appears to be writing from the assumption that the less, the better.
I have come to completely mistrust the conventional line that saturated fat and dietary cholesterol are harmful. For me, that is a non-negotiable aspect of TF. IMO, humans are what I think of as obligate omnivores, meaning not only that we are able
to live healthfully eating a variety of animal and plant foods, but that we must
eat a variety of animal and plant foods for long-term health, with very few exceptions. (I don't advocate factory-farmed animal foods in any way, I'm talking about humanely-raised animals eating a natural, species-appropriate diet.)
I think Full Moon Feast is one of the absolute best books about food I've ever read, in terms of enjoyment (it's lovely, poetic and inspiring) and in terms of accuracy.