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Ditching the Drive-Thru by J. Natalie Winch

After an exhausting day at work, hitting the drive-thru or nuking a pre-fab meal is all too often the go-to decision for feeding a family. Cooking a meal from scratch using fresh ingredients can seem beyond the average person’s time, energy, or financial means. But with mounting evidence pointing to processed food and our industrial food system as the culprits behind many of our nation’s health problems—including obesity, diabetes, and cancer—it’s now more important than ever to be fully informed about what goes on your family’s dinner plates.

If you’re ready to take control of your food choices but don’t know the difference between grass-fed versus grain-fed, pastured versus free-range, or organic versus sustainable, read this book to discover:

• How to create your own thirty-month plan to convert your family from junk food to real food, without a revolt!

• Recipes and advice on planning and prepping meals so you can make homecooked a habit for your family

• Instructions for getting the most out of produce using techniques such as lacto-fermentation, dehydrating, and canning

•  introduction to the world of farm-direct sales, including tips on locating local farms, seeing through marketing buzzwords, and shopping with CSAs Ditching the Drive-Thru exposes the insidious hold the commercial food industry has taken over the fast-paced lives of the average American and the danger these processed foods and diet plans pose to our health, environment, and emotional well being.

Learn how to break free from the grind and return to a simpler relationship with food from farmers, not factories, and home-cooked meals that are created in your kitchen, not on a conveyor belt.

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This book was not at all what I was expecting. While it did have a lot of information, it just didn’t give me what I was looking for. One minute the author was writting about how awful animals are treated, the next minute she was talking about eating their meat, or eggs. I just felt that there was more negative talk about food in general than I wanted.

To be fair, the author seems to know her stuff and seems to truly want us all to eat better.

There are a few pictures scattered throughout the book and a few recipes, I might try the one for Homemade Greek Style Yogurt.

I do know that a lot of times, liking a book or not can depend on your mood. So please don’t let my review convince you to pass on this book. I know it’s getting a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, and for that reason I plan on reading it again in a few months or so to see if my thoughts change. At this time I would give this a 3 star rating.
Author’s Bio:
524823e1-36ed-470b-8985-5349ddea9183 J. Natalie Winch lives in southern New Jersey, not far from where she grew up, with her husband, two children, and dogs. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, grading, or making lesson plans, Natalie runs the Hebrew School at her synagogue, coaches soccer, teaches lacto-fermentation classes, writes the occasional entry for her blog Food Empowerment (, and fights the dust bunnies that threaten to take over her family room.

Connect with the author:   Website


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  6 Responses to “Ditching the Drive-Thru by J. Natalie Winch”

  1. I’d love to read this book. I am trying to healthier.

  2. This sounds interesting. There seems to be more then a few books on this subject that are popular these days.

    My wife and I both cook a lot. We stay away from processed foods and make most things from scratch. When it is in season we are lucky enough to have access to numerous farm – stands where we by most of our produce. Thus I can really relate to many of the ideas that this book seems to be advocating.

    We do not get takeout often. With that, when we do I really enjoy it 🙂

  3. It’s a sound premise to eat better and find ways to ditch convenience foods. IT can be hard after working all day to go home and prepare a meal but I do it 9 out of 10 times. By the time you factor in the money spent as well as the salt and fat calories you get with fast foods, your time is better spent making a simple meal at home.

    I think I will pass on trying to win the book but will throw in for the other part of your giveaway!

  4. The fast food restaurants would go out of business if they relied on me. This probably isn’t’ for me.

  5. Hmmm…. I like the basic premise – especially the long term plan to replace the unhealthy with healthy – but I don’t like food negativity. I might try to get this from the library but in general this doesn’t really grab me.

  6. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read and consider my book. I agree that many times we are not in the mood for a certain subject, or even a type of writing, so the fact that you are willing to do a re-read is very meaningful to me.

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