Princeton's Whole Earth Center and Labyrinth Books invite you to a book talk and discussion about food as it relates to fertility, pregnancy, nursing, and first foods. Nina Planck explains what to eat -- and why.
Planck is one of the great food activists. She has changed the way we view food with the groundbreaking Real Food. Never one to blindly accept common wisdom, when Nina became pregnant, she decided to look at the nutritional advice recommended for pregnancy. What she found was surprising: advice is occasionally inaccurate and often impossible. When her baby was born, she turned her attention to the baby's nutritional needs and found the same. In this book, Nina explains why commonly held ideas about pregnancy and infant nutrition are wrongheaded and how real food is good for growing minds and bodies. The general rules aren't surprising but some of the details often are. She explains why cereals aren't right for babies but barely cooked egg yolks are excellent. During pregnancy, and until your baby is at least two years old, the body's overwhelming requirements are fat and protein, not vegetables and low fat dairy. Her book is filled with reassuring advice for parents who want to raise their children on a diet of whole and natural food.
Nina Planck is a food writer and farmers' market entrepreneur. She is the author of The Farmers' Market Cookbook and Real Food: What to Eat and Why. She lives in NYC with the cheese expert Robert Kaufelt, proprietor of Murray's Cheese Store, and their children.