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Real Food, Fake Food Audiobook

Real Food, Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It

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Publisher's Summary

You've seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from sawdust. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn't. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans.

Real Food, Fake Food brings listeners into the unregulated food industry, revealing that this shocking deception extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It's a massive bait and switch where counterfeiting is rampant and where the consumer ultimately pays the price.

But Olmsted does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and savor: genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their crafts.

©2016 Larry Olmsted (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Jonathan Yen's conversational, expressive style makes it easy for listeners to absorb the sometimes surprising information about the food they think they're purchasing.... Yen deftly handles the required accents as author Olmsted travels around the world...." (AudioFile)

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    Losa 31/08/2016
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    "Interesting & fully researched"

    Pleased to find another book on the topic that's backed up by evidence & personal experience by the author. Narrator was good but few people can get away with imitating accents without it sounding either comical or vaguely (though unintentionally I'm sure) insulting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Probably the worst book I have ever listened to."

    the only good thing about this book is the narrator.
    I listened to the whole book to just see if there was any redeeming things further down.
    Unfortunately it is just a marketing book for an ignorant rich person who needs to be scared into buying even more expensive goods in even more expensive places.
    the only real advice in it - eat whole foods and read the ingredients.
    I wasted a lot of time listening to this, so hope it will save someone else the time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Perry Gallagher
    California
    13/01/17
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    "Disappointed in how few foods were covered. "

    While I enjoyed the education about fake foods I was disappointed in how many foods were covered. I think he could have spent less time on each of the foods he covered and broadened the food selection.

    The narration was enthusiastic. While I agree with other reviews that it was at times comical when the narrator put on one of his accents.

    The book is definitely educational and I have recommended it to lots of friends already.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Austin, TX, United States
    29/01/17
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    "Well, A Lot of Info About A Few Foods--"

    While I found "Real Food, Fake Food" informative and intriguing, it did go waaaay into depth about just a few foods. What it did go into was shocking, mind numbingly so. We buy anything if we're told just the right amount of information. There was one humorous bit where the author is dining with a woman who KNOWS cheese, and what they're about to grate on her dinner is NOT what they say it is. She wants to SEE the cheese, darn it!
    I suppose I thought there'd be more about the industrialization of food that we eat, the chemicals that are addictive, but it wasn't that. It was about the duping of the public.
    And we're buying it.
    Good book, decent narration. I wouldn't spend a whole credit on it, though. But I am looking at the food on the shelves with a far narrower eye...!

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • G. Roukas
    NY, NY
    15/10/16
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    "Wow,, have I been duped!"

    I now feel 1000% more educated about the food I buy every day. The author gives not only solid evidence of how fake food has infiltrated our food supply, but some pretty solid recommendations that I intend to start following immediately. I wish somebody in the FDA would read this book!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Barden
    18/01/17
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    "This book changed how I think about food!"

    I will never think about life--and food in particular--the same way again after listening to this book. That, to me, is the hallmark of a great book. The narrator does an amazing job of giving life and country-specific nuance to those interviewed in the book. The author makes your mouth water at the real food descriptions (I'm planning a trip to get some of what he described) and makes you angry that such fakery is allowed to occur in this country.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Max Harry Johnson
    Yakutsk
    05/01/17
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    "a savory listen"
    Where does Real Food, Fake Food rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most rewarding book on food I've read. As the title stated, it's not only about fake foods, but real foods as well. The author's style is a bit redundant, but if you can get past the wordiness there are some very good info on how some foods are made and where they come from. The most enjoyable aspect I found is the appreciation for cultures and places that the foods originated.

    At the end of each chapters it gives informative recommendation on how to identify the real stuff and where to get them. It's mainly about cheese, wine, oil, fish, and beef, so it's not all encompassing. However, the information provided will allow you to think more critically and buy more carefully the next time you shop.

    The book definitely expanded my horizon in the world of cheese which I quickly went out and bought some after reading.


    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Erin
    Chapel Hill, NC
    27/01/17
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    "Recommended"
    What made the experience of listening to Real Food, Fake Food the most enjoyable?

    I had no idea about slave labor used for harvesting commonly purchased shrimp. I will never ever buy shrimp at grocery store again unless origin is clearly stated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Real Food, Fake Food?

    Mr. Olmsted's information regarding false advertising of seafood.


    What does Jonathan Yen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Only complaint is narrator's pronunciation of Kobe, Japan. I lived in Kobe for two years teaching English. Kobe is pronounced KO-BAY... NOT KOBEE.


    If you could give Real Food, Fake Food a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Avoid specialty foods such as shrimp, scallops, etc. unless you buy them from the source.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Scott Helgesen
    04/08/16
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    "Spread the word"

    This is a very important book as most people aren't yet aware how broken our food system is. Very eye-opening. Recommended for anyone who cares what goes into their body!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick S. Clyde
    Round Rock, Texas
    15/01/17
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    "A wonderful learning experience."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about the "food" I do eat and what I want to be eating. It will definitely have an impact on my future shopping, cooking, and eating. I listened to the audio version and will be using the ebook version for future reference. Some details from prior chapters are used throughout for comparative reference which at times seemed too repetitive. If you care about your health, read this book. If you love food, read this book.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Glenda Patterson
    22/11/16
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    "Real food, fake food"

    Lots of good information. Sometimes too much information. Narration would be better without the attempt at Italian accents when mentioning or quoting Italian items. This is a must for people who take food and health seriously.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Bolingbrook
    17/11/16
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    "WOW! Best book so far on audible"

    I absolutely loved this book. The best informative book yet! Lots of resources too. Great olive oil club and deli in MI I would have never found by myself. Looking forward to finding a highland cattle rancher near me as well... 100% well written book, worth every penny plus more! Thank you

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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