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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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  • 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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    15/08/16
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    "alters your perspective"

    fantastic. incredibly informative and offers phenomenal tips to prevent food fraud. a must listen for all foodies.

    2 of 2 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.

    0 of 0 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

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  • 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!

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  • Beth Perkins
    30/09/16
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    "jaw dropping information"

    I feel like I need a PHD in many different areas to go grocery shopping...

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