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“When we try to be mindful about what we eat, we choose healthy fats like olive oil, lean proteins like seafood, and maybe we occasionally splurge on some fancy Japanese steak or a glass of champagne. But according to food and travel writer Larry Olmsted, too often such foods are not actually what we think they are. In fact, they are cheap substitutes. It’s not just a question of getting what you pay for: in some instances, these fake foods might be bad for your health.”
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“Following a wave of recent food scandals and high-profile exposés… Americans are increasingly nervous about what they are eating…a comprehensive look at the world's most delicious foodstuffs, why they matter, and how they are widely imitated in everywhere from supermarkets to Michelin-starred eateries.” READ MORE.
“In his new book Real Food/Fake Food, Olmsted delves deep into the dark aspects of the food chain in America, revealing the dirty secrets about how our food is marketed and labeled - and what's right and especially wrong with what we eat.” READ MORE.
“In his new book Real Food/Fake Food, author Larry Olmsted explores some of the world’s most beloved artisanal foods – and the low quality, even dangerous counterfeits often sold in their place.” READ MORE.
“Readers will be inspired by his intensity and clarity, and floored by how far some counterfeiters go to fool consumers... Olmsted's research is impressive, and he lets no stone go unturned. He lets the terrifying facts speak for themselves, adding just a little humor. Olmsted's sharp language will hopefully put fires under counterfeiters everywhere, and he alerts shoppers to use a keener eye and a more questioning mind when choosing a restaurant or grocery aisle. " READ MORE.
“Olmsted, a Forbes and USA Today food columnist (and perhaps Outside’s only record-holding contributor), is a globe-trotting gourmand out to expose the scams and shams in the unregulated global food industry. It’s Bourdain Lite, with some eyebrow-raising revelations about what’s on your plate. Hint: don’t order the Kobe beef sliders. $27.95; Algonquin. Available July 12." READ MORE.
"Adulterated oil is just one example of food fraud. Some of the biggest items that are faked or mixed with fillers include coffee, tea, orange juice, and apple juice, according to Larry Olmsted, author of the book Real Food, Fake Food." READ MORE.
"In his solidly researched new book, USA Today food and travel columnist Olmsted, a well-traveled and knowledgeable food writer, takes readers on an enlightening but frequently disturbing culinary journey. While providing fascinating insights into where and how some of the most delicious food products are produced, the author also reveals how often these are imitated to detrimental effect." READ MORE.
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