In case you didn’t read yesterday’s very short post – the sale of the 30 E-Book Bundle from Village Green Network has been extended, but only till midnight tonight, Wednesday, 24th April. So here is the rest of what I have to say about it. I’ve now glanced through or skim read all of the books in the Spring E-Book Bundle Offer from Village Green Network. Overall, I think there are some good reads – obviously, with 30 books, not everything will be relevant to everyone, but on the whole the information, in my opinion, is sound, but I also have my criticisms, so read on for my summary.
Altogether there are 3 books about metabolism which I will definitely be going back to so I can find out more. I’m sure I will use some of the recipes, though not all as some, for example, the egg-free are definitely not for us, and if I did have to prepare food for my family without eggs, I would avoid heating seeds as a substitute, and perhaps go for some of the raw treats that can be delicious and wholesome without using eggs (my next recipe can be adapted to be egg-free). The recipes are useful to people seeking ideas for grain-free meals and especially treats, there are dairy-free options, and also some giving details of the proper preparation of grains for baking and other uses. If you have an interest in the Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF), Paleo, Primal diets then these recipes could be useful.
Other highlights include ‘Nourished Baby’ by Helen Dessinger which details how to eat before, during and after pregnancy and how to wean your baby using WAPF principles; ‘Get Your Fats Straight’ by Sarah Pope lived up to my expectations and explains all the whys and wherefores of healthy fats, including a history of how we got to where we are; ‘Nourishing Our Children is an educational initiative of the San Francisco Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation’ begins the e-book entitled ‘Nourishing our Children’ and again has WAPF advice for feeding children along with information about choices and things to avoid – this includes a section on soy, which I was pleased to see; ‘Toxic-Free’ by Robin Konie gives more recipes for household cleaners and personal care. ‘Real Food 101’ by Kendahl gives lots of recipes for the basics like buttermilk, not exciting but very useful if you’re just starting out, or want the basics all in one place. ‘Real Food for Real Life: How to Eat Real Food Without Going Completely Crazy’ by Emily Benfit looks like (I haven’t read this one) a guide to switching from your current diet to one which incorporates Real Foods. She seems to have an appealing style, I liked her photo in the introduction taken of a recipe in Sally Fallon’s ‘Nourishing Traditions’ which she found seriously off-putting – I too was rather overwhelmed when I first opened the pages of that book! I like the look of ‘Your Custom Homestead’ by Jill Winger – I would probably refer to it as a Smallholding if I had one, but whatever you call it, Jill says Homesteading is a frame of mind rather than a place, so even if you live in a high-rise building, you can put some Homesteading principles into action. ‘Skintervention’ is an in-depth look at skin health from what you eat to some product recommendations. It includes the use of cheap, non-toxic products that you can find around your home, one I quickly looked at was a shampoo replacement which I can vouch for as I’ve been using it myself for about 2 years now.
I was disappointed to see in one of the books that soy milk is listed as a substitute for milk, even though a mild warning appeared below. It seems slightly odd that all the authors aren’t singing from the same hymn sheet. Despite the second half of the bundle having fewer recipe books, there do appear to be alot, and many of them are for treats which I for one wouldn’t be using as frequently. There is one book which I really didn’t like. It is aimed at educating children in real food, but assumes a particular method of education which I as a home-educator don’t subscribe to! The information appears good, and so I might use it as a reference, but it’s not something I would give to my children for study. In my opinion, children learn about real food from the examples around them, the food they’re presented with and from being a part of the process – shopping at the local farmers’ market, growing plants, caring for animals, visiting farms and preparing food, rather than completing exercises in a book.
Now it’s up to you! Click below or on the photos above to see the offer. I hope my posts have been useful in helping you decide if this offer is for you. I wanted to be clear and not hype it up – obviously I would be very happy for you to buy as I would benefit financially, but I would not be happy if you were disappointed in what you got, especially as there is no refund on this one. So please use the information I’ve worked hard to provide before committing to anything.
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