Recommended Reading and Cookbooks

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This is our list of recommended “real food” books, documentaries, and cookbooks. Some of the cookbooks do require recipe substitutions (like whole-wheat flour instead of all purpose flour) in order to not break the “real food” rules. …scroll down for cookbooks! -


Pandora's Lunchbox by Melanie Warner
Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss The Honest Life by Jessica Alba

- Documentaries

- Cookbooks

Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers

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76 comments to Recommended Reading and Cookbooks

  • [...] further our quest to eat and live healthier, I chose one book from 100 Days of Real Food’s Recommended Reading list.  I’m looking forward to seeing how well this book can help impact the picky eaters in our [...]

  • Kayla

    Hello, I am 25, single and live alone. I work full time and have a busy schedule. Does anyone have any recommendations on whole food eating cookbooks for single people with little time on their hands? Thanks so much in advance for any advice.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Kayla. I think any of the books above are great for just about anyone. What you might find most helpful is not scaling down on the recipe sizes and freezing leftovers to pull from your freezer as needed. You can also keep items in the fridge handy to use throughout the week like cut up fruits and veggies, a big batch of brown rice or quinoa that you can just add sauteed veggies to, etc. If you do a Google search on “quick and easy whole food meals or recipes”, you will find a lot. Here is a sampling:,,, and Hope that helps. ~Amy

    • Hi Kayla Cooking for one is challenging in so many ways. Even if cooking was really fun and you discovered ways to make it easy, these days we have to multi task everything right? I’ve been cooking with kids & teens and for large groups with volunteers for a long time. What I discovered during all of this is that its way more fun to cook together! We don’t need to be Iron Chefs we just need to find ways to make it enjoyable and that will make it sustainable. Its like having an exercise buddy, you get your cardio in while catching up with your best friend and getting out in nature—cooking together you make super healthy food from scratch so you know what’s going into your body while catching up with your friends. You can share equipment this way and wastes less because it all gets used up when you make a couple of meals at a time.
      I just wrote an article about this if you’d like to know more: “Don’t Try this at Home! Word of Warning to Those Wanting to Eat Healthier” by Barbara Zagata

  • Tried and true popular favorites condensed into a super user friendly format — especially great for cooking together or if you’re new to preparing food from scratch

    I honestly think you’ll enjoy the way this collection walks you thru the steps of making real food. The meals are familiar enough to enjoy and because they’re essentially “pattern” recipes they make a great foundation to build a repertoire of recipes you’ll make for the rest of your life!


  • Leslie

    I just read “In Defense of Food” this past week as part of our family’s 10 day pledge. It is a meaty book, full of those bits of wisdom we all already know deep down. But maybe we get a little overwhelmed at the thought of all the “diet” or “nutrition” guidance out there. Well, this book is not that! It’s full of really good reinforcing reasons to eat real food! And this site is such a nice, balanced resource to keep us headed in the right direction. Thank you, 100DaysofFood, for such a great website!

  • Vicki


    I was just wondering if you were going to do another lunch plan for kids?

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