Author Archives: Alice

About Alice

I've milled and baked with whole grains for many years, because whole grains are delicious, and white flour is missing the nutrition that protects you from cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and many other diseases. Plus it's a good emergency food.

Book Review of Grain Brain: Extraordinary claim not backed up by evidence

A book review by Alice Friedemann of David Perlmutter’s (2013) Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Update February 2014: Diabetes is usually triggered by eating too many sugary and high-fat foods that cause … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Why I Write Them, How I Find Them

I’ve read thousands of mainly non-fiction books over the past 40 years. Why I write Book Reviews I write book reviews for a number of reasons — to give my brain a “workout”, as a source of information for my … Continue reading

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Where to buy baking half sheets and silicone mats

Baking sheets: half sheets 13″ x 18″ A good baking sheet is heavy so it doesn’t warp in the oven.  It will last a lifetime.  My recipes are designed for a half-sheet, which is 13 x 18 inches. Now and … Continue reading

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Processed Food is Killing You: Cook At Home

30 Reasons why the Food Giants CAN’T get rid of Salt, Sugar, and Fat  A book review by Alice Friedemann of Michael Moss’s “Salt, Sugar, Fat. How the Food Giants Hooked Us”. When the food industry talks about you, the … Continue reading

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Book Review of “Paleofantasy: What Evolution really tells us about sex, diet, and how we live”

Alice Friedemann’s review of: Marlene Zuk. 2013. Paleofantasy: What Evolution really tells us about sex, diet, and how we live. My first introduction to Evolutionary Psychology was “The Adapted Mind” which posited we’re unhappy because of the tremendous difference between … Continue reading

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Store-bought crackers cost 6 to 20 times more expensive than home-made

You can make a pound of whole wheat crackers for 85 cents, and into the oven in less than 5 minutes using recipes from Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers. If you buy the crackers listed below at the … Continue reading

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Doctor Kracker 100% Whole Wheat Crispbreads

Here’s what I don’t like about this particular crispbread / cracker: 1)      12 g of whole grain per 22 g serving – that means only a little over half is whole grain, the other 10 g is mainly sugar.  If … Continue reading

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Carbohydrate & Fat quality, Salt

Below is a chart from “Components of a cardioprotective diet: new insights” by Dariush Mozaffarian at Harvard University, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in the departments of Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition.  It gives you a good idea of … Continue reading

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Outrageous: experts who say whole wheat flour no better than White Flour?

Bread is called the staff of life because it has more nutrients per weight that fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, and potatoes. Whole wheat flour is better than refined white flour for four reasons according to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor … Continue reading

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Michael Pollan on fiber and how gut bacteria affect our health

Michael Pollan. May 15, 2013. Some of My Best Friends are Germs. New York Times. In this article, Pollan explores the new science of how our gut flora influence our health.  A lot is unknown at this point, but it … Continue reading

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