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Recommended Books

These books are ones that I recommend that I think can be helpful for living a simple and natural, old-fashioned lifestyle. Some of these were written by my friends and fellow bloggers, and some of them are written by authors that I don’t know personally but that have great information that I’ve found helpful.

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Old Sturbridge Village Cookbook

Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum in central Massachusetts that I love visiting often! This cookbook is a great way to have fun with trying out old-fashioned historic recipes with modern instructions and experience what food was like back in the 19th century.

Nourishing Traditions

This book has lots in interesting information about traditional real foods and includes dozens of recipes for making traditional dishes that use ingredients like animals products from pasture-raised animals, healthy fats, vegetables, etc.

From Scratch: Easy Recipes for Traditionally Prepared Whole Food Dishes

Cover of book with woman holding a bowl full of eggs.

Think glorious foods from scratch are impossible? Think again. “If your looking for a cookbook that is as entertaining as it is delicious, then look no further. From Scratch is a breath of fresh air when it comes to learning how to traditionally prepare and cook nutritious food. Shaye does not disappoint in her recipes and this cookbook reads like a letter from a close friend. These meals are easily prepared and yes, easily devoured.”

The Nourished Metabolism

This book gives lots of great information about how to use your diet and your lifestyle to support your metabolism, including figuring out hidden sources of stress, and learning how digestion, sleep, and exercise are connected to your metabolism and figuring out what will work best for your body.

Have Your Cake and Lose Weight Too!

This books gives tips for how to lose weight without going on extreme dies or calorie counting, or exercising excessively. This book explains how to lose weight naturally without having to restrict macronutrients like carbs, fats, or proteins, while eating traditional foods that are nutrient dense (and even enjoying dessert, too!)

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Thursday 2nd of March 2023

Dear Lori, Thank you for your recent email! You have a wonderful and informative website. I am 70 years old and retired. I have so many interests. I love to cook different ethnic cuisines as well as barbecue. My current project is sourdough and other kinds of breads. I say the same thing, if you listened to everyone we would probably give up eating. I guess moderation is key. I have a propensity for gaining weight although I am active and try to curb my eating habits. I am having success with incorporating vegan dishes into my diet. As I stated you have an amazing website, for that I thank you. Sincerely, Wayne Yoka

Lori Elliott

Wednesday 8th of March 2023

Thank you for your kind words, Wayne. I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying cooking different ethnic cuisines and barbecue, and sourdough and baking breads are definitely fun projects, too. I'm glad to hear that you have found an eating plan that seems to be working well for you, too.

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