Free Book Giveaway – Good Clean Food

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An encouraging new book: Good Clean Food

When I first wrote out a sort of simple living mission for our family, one of my goals was that we would try to eat good food. If you share a similar intention, you know firsthand that even in our modern world with fully stocked grocery stores in every city, it’s not always easy or economical to find truly good food. Huge agribusiness corporations control much of our food supply, serving us genetically modified fruits and vegetables doused with toxic pesticides, highly processed foods laden with preservatives, and meats from inhumanely-raised factory farm animals that are fed poor diets and given antibiotics and growth hormones like rBGH.

When Skyhorse Publishing offered me a copy of the just-published book Good Clean Food by Samuel Epstein, MD and Beth Leibson, I jumped at the opportunity. The book is a wealth of information for navigating today’s complex agricultural and food industry, and it earned a place on my permanent bookshelf.

The first part of the book provides invaluable information about milk and beef production, pesticide use, corn and soybeans, chicken and egg production, and a full explanation of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The second part of the book explains practical nutritional and dietary approaches to eating well and ridding the body of toxins that have built up over time. I found much to be hopeful about as I read the last chapter of the book, which includes many encouraging trends that may change the direction of future food production. If you live in an area where it’s hard to find organic or minimally-processed food, you’ll appreciate the book’s appendix with ten pages of resources for clean food producers and growers.

Win a copy of Good Clean Food

The publisher has generously provided a brand new copy of the 166-page hardback book, which retails for $24.95, to one lucky Happy Simple Living reader in the U.S. or Canada. To enter, just leave a comment below answering this question:

What good clean food have you been cooking or eating this summer?

The drawing will be open through midnight MST Tuesday, July 16, and I can’t wait to hear your answers. Good luck!


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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Free Book Giveaway – Good Clean Food

  • Teresa Sullivan

    We have been buying fresh produce at a local farm stand- tomatoes, beets, squash, onions, green beans and different salad greens.

  • Fred

    Organic mango is not only “clean” but also full of vitamins, highly recommended

  • Karissa

    My garden is already producing with the wet spring we’ve had. I have been enjoying a couple of different kales and lettuces. Nothing like the reward of home grown!

  • Lisa C.

    Our family loves buying fresh veggies from the farmers market for summer salads and squash for the grill.

  • Heather

    We made a major change and moved from the city to the country and planted a huge garden and now enjoying green beans, onions, tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon, peppers and corn. Next year our grapes, apples and berries should be ready!

  • Laura Borgmann

    I’ve been eating my organically-grown blackberries right off our bushes outside my kitchen door! Plus, I shop a local organic produce stand to pick up fresh yellow non-GMO corn and organic strawberries. Yum!

  • I have been growing more vegetables/food this year than ever before and having backyard chickens gives us fresh eggs every day! I also joined a CSA for my fruit since I can’t grow much of that—yet. Thanks for the giveaway-this book sounds great.

  • Melody

    POPCORN!!! organic kernels popped in a stock pot on the stove top. A light, flavorful, end of day, summer snack that we AND our chocolate lab enjoy. We strictly buy organic kernels from the bulk section of our neighborhood Co-Op (Weavers Way, in Mt. Airy, PA). We buy 2 lbs at a time for freshness, avoiding waste. Our son enjoys shaking the popcorn until done. Our method is simple: 3 Tbs canola oil, 1/2 cup kernels. Put six kernels (only 6) in the heating oil. Wait to hear six pops! Then proceed to heat the 1/2 cup of kernels. Keep the stock pop moving and shaking on the med flame to avoid browning and burning. Delicious!

  • kathleen viviano

    we love leeks and spring onions and these are doing really well in my home garden this year as it has been so wet here. right out of our organic garden, these are simply delicious.

  • Antlersrob

    Bell peppers, hopefully multi colors (color is good)
    Onions – Vidalia if possible, but anything’s okay (what? me? picky?)
    Zucchini – green & yellow (see color above)
    Brussel Sprouts (green only)
    More onions (onions are good)

    Cut creatively (or not … no matter)
    Sprinkle lightly with olive oil.
    Grill as desired (al dente for moi)


    But wait! There’s more …

    Next day … slather a tortilla with humus, drizzle with Tabasco (or …). Lay on some of the (hopefully copious amounts of) leftover grilled veggies. Sprinkle with something crunchy (pumpkin seeds work nicely). Roll into wrap.

    Just TRY to only have one.

  • I don’t cook very much which isn’t good. I like making simple salads though to get in some fresh veggies. It’s so much cheaper than ordering salads at restaurants!

  • Janie Shuey

    I’ve been making all kinds of salads, such a brocoli slaw, lentil rice salad, and adding brown rice and quinoa to salads. My current favorite item to add to green salads is purple cabbage.

  • Shannon Mullins

    Our family is really new to all this and spent this morning purging our kitchen and pantry of any food that has ingredients we can’t pronounce. I am just a year clean from prescribed pharmaceuticals that were making me deathly ill rather than healthier. We bought a juicer and have been making juices 60% veggies 40%fruit and trying to detox with fresh produce from our local farms. Beyond that we are lost and need direction. It’s overwhelming when you realize one day that the establishments you previously thought were there to make you healthy are actually making you horribly sick. Glad I found this website! Here’s to the journey toward a healthy lifestyle!

  • How can you go wrong with “good clean fuel” for your body?? I am addicted to summer fruit! I can’t get enough of it.

  • Cathy

    I’ve been enjoying the local kale from my farmers’ in a number of ways–love that delicious nutritionally dense food!

  • Beth Leibson

    It’s so great to see all these people who have found wonderful ways to incorporate more healthy foods into their diets. I really hope Good Clean Food is helpful! Be well –

    • Beth, thanks so much for stopping by – it’s always exciting to hear from the author! I’m enjoying all the healthy food ideas our readers are sharing, too. Here’s to good clean food for all of us.

  • Well we don’t qualify as we are on the other side of the pond but it looks an interesting book.

    However I really don’t see why the strapline has almost all words capitalised on the cover. It’s the sort of affected graphic design that has me reaching for the next book I’m afraid… 🙂

  • C. Kelley

    I have been making my own almond milk from raw almonds and water.

  • Sheila C.

    I’ve made a committment to do a Whole 30 during every month that only has 30 days so I just finished one in June. Lots of homegrown veggies and grass-fed, pastured beef and pork from our local organic farm makes the Whole 30 an easier prospect 🙂

  • CJ

    Kale chips: wash kale, massage in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 350 degrees F for fifteen minutes. They are addicting and so good for you!

  • Chris

    We’ve been enjoying fresh raw milk and our own homemade yogurt from a local farm that has only grass-fed Jersey cows. Also – we are now making our own bread, using organic flour of course!

  • Maria

    Greens (spinach, kale, collards, dandelion leaves) and berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries) for my smoothies are a must!

  • Machelle H

    Roast beets from our local CSA.

  • Diane

    We’ve been eating our own blueberries and strawberries. We don’t get many because we have a small yard but we know they are fresh and free of chemicals.

  • Patty

    So far we’ve been enjoying all kinds of greens, zucchini, radishes, and more thanks to our CSA farm share. We also buy eggs from a friend who has chickens.

  • I have been buying most of my food from the farmers market and plan to put up as much as I can for winter. I still need to purchase fruit from the store as things are late here due to the weather. The strawberry plot gave us plenty of fresh berries last month. Salads, peas and beans have been staples from our gardens and I am excited by the squashes, watermelons and pumpkins that are thriving for later this season to grace my plate.

  • mrsfarmerjen

    This summer I’ve really been involving my kids in daily meal preparation and shopping (ages 5 & 10). They’ve been having fun designing our meals around the produce we receive each week in our CSA boxes. We use trips to the grocery store as a teaching time. They know more than most people about organic vs conventional produce, naturally raised/organic meats, hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup and GMO’s! The other day they had fun looking up the code on our milk jug and seeing where it originated. Found out it came from around the corner from their great-grandmother’s house 250 miles away!

  • Kelly

    We’ve been visiting out local farmers’ market to buy golden beets, melon, kale, and zucchini.

  • Jodi

    I must admit that I am passionate about tomatoes. There is nothing better than biting into a delicious slice.

  • Martha

    We joined one of the local CSAs this year–although my favorite are still the peas, I love the salads we’ve been concocting.

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