TLDR: This is a cookbook, not a 'fad-detox-diet' book. Just buy it. You won't regret it. This is the cookbook I'm using most often these days. The recipes have all turned out well. Even though all of the recipes have me cooking from scratch, I like their simplicity because I don't have to buy tons of ingredients or spend forever in the kitchen; however, the recipes still satisfy my foodie/gourmet palate.
CONTEXT: I eat mostly vegetarian including dairy and eggs, I occasionally add salmon, cod, tuna, or halibut to my diet, and I also enjoy a fair amount of vegan meals. I am not gluten-free or paleo, but I try to keep refined carbs out of my diet, which ends up being about 75% of the time. I try to cook meals from scratch, although I like convenience products like 'vegetarian chicken' sometimes.
COOKBOOK: I have a ton of cookbooks, but I keep gravitating towards this one because the recipes are about as easy as they can be, considering you are cooking from scratch. I like that I can make almost anything in the book after just picking up fresh veggies, because the same basic pantry items and spices are used throughout the book.
Other reviews have told you details about the recipes and how great they are, so I'll try to focus on a few other things I've noticed...
OTHER THINGS I'VE NOTICED:
1. This cookbook has 100 recipes, and only 2 of them are 'non-vegetarian' (Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon, Skillet Fish Tacos w/citrus slaw)
2. While some recipes are vegan, others call for eggs and dairy. However, dairy is used sparingly, and the author utilizes almond milk in many recipes. When the author does call for dairy products, she uses exclusively goat's milk dairy products because they are easier to digest - most of the time these could easily be replaced by cow's milk dairy products if you prefer.
3. *None* of her recipes use tofu or fake meat - I'm so used to seeing tofu in vegetarian cookbooks, that it's kind of nice to learn about other ways to add protein to a meal.
4. *None* of her recipes use convenience products as ingredients (unless you consider canned beans to be a convenience product).
5. Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans) are utilized in many of the recipes (e.g. cashews to make a Cesar dressing creamy). As previously mentioned, almond milk also shows up a lot. (I've been making my own almond milk and it is super easy and tastes amazing.) That said, the book may still be of interest to those with nut allergies, because there are enough recipes that are nut-free.
6. The recipes use mainly coconut oil and EVOO, and occasionally a small amount of butter.
7. The recipes use healthy sweeteners - dates and bananas when possible, pure maple syrup or honey when not.
8. The recipes are almost exclusively gluten-free - coconut flour, lettuce instead of bread, buckwheat, quinoa, zucchini pasta, rice pasta, etc.
9. The author has a blog called The Detoxinista which is very well done.
10. Many of the recipes in this book require a food processor, and many would benefit from a high-speed vs. regular blender. I'm finding that a food processor is pretty essential if you want to take cooking with whole food ingredients to the next level. Mine cost $40 from Target and it does the job. I have both a food processor and a high-speed blender (Vitamix); this book helped me learn how to use these tools for a greater variety of recipes.
11. The book is set up around the dietary practice of 'proper food combining' for 'easier and quicker digestion' which leads to 'overall better health.' There are 4 food categories (Fresh Fruit, Nuts/Seeds/Dried Fruit, Starches, Animal Products) that should not be combined with each other in the same meal; however, each category can be combined with vegetables and other neutral items like oils and spices, and there are a few exceptions that can fit in multiple categories.
In general, the author *has* really simplified this practice into something that pretty much everyone could do fairly easily if they wanted. You certainly don't have to follow these guidelines to enjoy the book and recipes. I definitely don't follow them strictly...it is mostly coincidental if I do... for example, I make one of the entrees in her book and enjoy it with a salad. However, I do notice that I feel relatively light and energetic after eating a meal from the book, so I think 'proper food combining' is a good concept in general, and at the least, it will have you eating more vegetables.
SUMMARY: Awesome book! After getting overly gourmet/foodie about my daily meals, I was so excited to find this simple but delicious cookbook.
For me it filled a niche that no other cookbook had before:
1. It uses minimal dairy without being vegan
2. It has gluten free recipes without using lots of 'replacement flours'
3. It has paleo friendly recipes without having tons of meat recipes that I won't use
4. It uses healthy sweeteners
5. It uses healthy fats
6. It is not trying to be a fad-diet book or a detox program with lots of rules
7. It is foodie friendly but the recipes are easy and simple
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: BANTAM PRESS; 1 edition (1 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593075897
- ISBN-13: 978-0593075890
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.4 x 23 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)