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Real Food/Fake Food
Larry Olmsted

Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It

Algonquin Books
July 2016
On Sale: July 12, 2016
336 pages
ISBN: 1616204214
EAN: 9781616204211
Kindle: B01B3VMBN8
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Youíve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from wood pulp. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isnít. So many fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets that itís hard to know what weíre 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. Itís 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.

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CBS This Morning - July 13, 2016

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