Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmsted

Last Updated on October 22, 2022 by ellen

You may remember, not too long ago, the story about the manufacturer whose grated cheese actually contained wood cellulose. Did this freak you out as much as it did me? I always try to be careful about the food I buy and hearing that story just reinforced that goal to me. If you feel the same way, keep reading my Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmstedreview for Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmsted. 

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Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmsted

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. So many fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets that it’s hard to know what we’re eating anymore. In Real Food / Fake Food, award-winning journalist Larry Olmsted convinces us why real food matters and empowers consumers to make smarter choices.

Olmsted brings readers into the unregulated food industry, revealing the shocking deception that 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 in which counterfeiting is rampant and in which 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, mouthwateringly enjoyable, and utterly relevant.

My thoughts:

Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmstead is a fascinating look at what we really think we’re eating. Not only does it cover things like additives in our Parmesan cheese, but it covers topics that are less well known. You’ll get a look into the seafood industry and learn that when you buy seafood in restaurants (in the US), 26% to 52% of the time you’re eating a different species than what’s on the menu. The author also gives you a look at other foods that are commonly not what we think they are including olive oil, truffle oil, Kobe beef and many more

If you want a real eye-opening look at what we’re really eating, read Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmsted. Buy it today.

8 thoughts on “Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmsted

  1. Sounds like some great information in this book. I couldn’t believe what I heard on the news about what was in some Parmesan cheese. Makes you wonder. :/

  2. Yep, I haven’t bought Parmesan cheese since! I don’t even like cheese that much or animal products, so that just did it for me. You can’t even trust if food claiming to be organic, really is. I buy as few processed food items as possible. My first degree was in dietetics and I’m pretty picky about my food overall. I hope it does lead to more regulation in the industry, especially in the supplement area.

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