Real {Fast} Food: review of Trina Holden’s cookbook

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Cover2You know the person that you always call when you have a question about healthy food?  The one you call, not because they make you feel guilty for eating the way you do, but because they give you really good, helpful advice in quick, easy-to-follow steps?

That would be my friend Trina Holden.

When I first met her, we were rooming together at a conference.  She brought a cooler with her own yogurt she’d made from raw milk.  Along with whole wheat rolls (from soaked, sprouted wheat flour, I’m sure) and, get this, homemade mayo.

Our other roomie and I enjoyed the fruits of Trina’s obvious passion for real food.  But we soon learned something else about Trina: she was also very passionate about saving time and living intentionally.

Real {Fast} Food is not just a recipe book; it’s an inside look at how a busy mom of three little kids makes “real”food fast and easy.

But the best thing about it is the fun and conversational style it’s written in.  Reading Real {Fast} Food is just like talking to a friend on the phone.  Trina’s passion for real food is infectious, her time-saving tips easy and memorable.  She makes meal planning fun and batch cooking simple.

Real {Fast} Food is empowering: it gives you not only a fabulous collection of “normal” recipes made with real food, but the know-how of planning and preparation, and the “why” of eating this way.

There’s no condemnation for those who don’t follow every technique she outlines.  In fact, the book makes it easy to pick and choose new real food methods to try without feeling like you have to do it all.  But Trina’s batch shopping and cooking methods will give you more time to invest in your real food experiments.

And after reading Real {Fast} Food, you’ll find that things like soaking a recipe or sprouting wheat berries don’t sound so intimidating any more.  Trina explains seemingly complicated concepts in simple language and easy steps, complete with color pictures of the process.  Her whole wheat bread recipe was the first I’ve ever had turn out so well—Real {Fast} Food open to Chicken Pot Pie while making last night's dinnerand all because her simple explanation of the way the gluten works finally helped me understand how long I needed to mix my bread dough.

We love the Apple Egg Muffins, and the Nut Butter Brownies are as heavenly as they are healthy!  Whether you want to learn how to make your own tortillas or just looking to save time and eat more real food, Real {Fast} Food will be a boon to your kitchen.  It’s available as a PDF, on Kindle, and Nook, but I’m guessing you’ll also want the paperback for easy reference in your kitchen!

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Giveaway ended April 30 at midnight.  Congratulations to Annie — commenter #20 was chosen by as our winner of a PDF copy of Real {Fast} Food!

Read more reviews from the Real {Fast} Food Blog Tour:

Listen to a podcast interview with Trina on FLN Radio!
Visit the Allume blog for a post by Trina summarizing her book.

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  1. I would love to win this! We are trying to learn how to eat real food and this would be perfect 馃檪

  2. I am becoming passionate about Real Food, but don’t have a lot of time since I work outside the home full time and have a toddler.

  3. I loved reading the reviews on that said this book is a simplified version of “Nourishing Traditions”. That book is extremely daunting. Would love to try this one out!

  4. I’m so excited about this book. After all the give-aways are over,I’ll probably end up buying it, and so all the publicity has done it’s work 馃槈

  5. This sounds delightful! I am a new bride who loves working in the kitchen with frugal, wholesome recipes. Thank you so much for all that you do, Gretchen! Your words have been a blessing indeed these last seven years.

    1. Had to draw another winner because we never heard back from the first…and you’re it! 馃檪 Please reply via email to confirm so you can get your book. 馃檪

  6. This sounds great! I was lucky to be raised by a healthy scratch-cooking mom, so we are usually pretty good with food, BUT with a husband who’s always at work and three children in 4.5 years, FAST real food could be just the ticket to help our family! Thanks 馃檪

  7. Well, I’m not a young Mom (I’m actually a single college student), but I would like to read this book!

  8. I would like this book. I am always looking real food recipes as I am new to this concept, but enjoying it very much.

  9. I love simple real food recipes! This book seems like it would be an awesome resource. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. I already purchased this book and LOVE it — no need to enter me into the draw just wanted to to add another positive review 馃檪 If you don’t win, you should buy it! 馃檪