USA, listener since 2005
This is the book I have been looking for and hoping to find for quite a while now. It offers detailed information about food choices, storage and preparation for optimal health. The book examines history, human physiology, chemistry, nutritional needs and dietary science through a microscope and through the lens of your life as an actual cook and consumer of food. There is even a section in each food type about growing the optimal cultivars in your garden! You can skim this, as the info is short, if you don't grow food.
Be forewarned that this book is slow going in parts and dense because there is so much information presented. The author does a great job breaking it all down and makes it easy to understand and apply to your life. There are times when I felt that listening in the car and before bedtime was not the best because occasionally I needed to write down a variety name or an interesting web address. It was ok though--I just scanned back and found the info later.
If you are trying to eat a better diet and are making changes in what you eat this book is an important source of information. Why go to a lot of trouble to add onions to your diet when in reality it matters a great deal what type of onions you need to add? This book spells out which changes make a real difference, what to pick at the store and the reason to make the change very clearly. It will completely alter the way you think about food and how you cook. Recommended listening.
I agree with the author that the standard American diet of fast food, processed food, chemical additives, and high sugar intake is making large numbers of people sick. Overall, I found the material presented compelling. However, there were several places in the book where I felt that Dr Blum may have jumped too quickly from point A to point D (skipping over points B & C) possibly rushing to find "the" answer precipitously. In reality, the physiology and pathology of the human body is anything but simple.
The book is filled with information and gentle encouragement. I particularly liked Dr Blum's holistic approach--looking at the individual from all angles. Diet, life style, exercise, supplements & vitamins, stress control, mind/body instruction and symptom management are all addressed. The book is very helpful whether you have an autoimmune diagnosis or are trying to prevent an autoimmune disease from developing.
The narration was a bit strange as the voice almost sounded robotic or machine generated. This wasn't enough to make me stop listening. I would suggest a listen to the sample first, but keep in mind that the material presented is worth coping with the odd narration.
If you are looking for a book about healthy eating and how to transform your health this is it. I won't say that this plant based eating program is easy to follow. It is foreign thinking in the world of the high fat, high protein, high sugar, refined foods of the American diet.
To me, it is simple to do at home where you can control what foods you stock in your kitchen--but the minute you leave the house for work or whatever it becomes more difficult. I'm just being very honest here--not negative. It is a definitely doable eating formula-- but it takes some planning and work to accomplish. That said--this eating style will transform how you feel. That transformation and renewed health then becomes the motivation to continue the program and work at all the changes required.
The book is clear, positive and informative. Dr Fuhrman is an MD with a proven track record at motivating change in his patients. The program is extreme--but the book explains the whys and hows and the reasons behind the theory. To my mind even if you take away only half of what is offered here you will be better off. But be aware this plan requires that you rethink everything you think you know about food and healthy eating.