The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Tess Masters, author of a popular recipe blog, offers a cookbook of 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes.  All of the recipes can be made utilizing a blender or food processor.  The recipes are based on whole foods, with no artificial sweeteners or processed ingredients.  Although most of the recipes include nuts, some of them do not.  Masters offers recipes for any meal of the day, whether breakfast smoothies, sauces, soups, or pudding.

My favorite part of the book was the “lowdown” section at the very beginning of the book.  In the first 39 pages, Masters provides a brief overview and education about the benefits of eating raw foods, food-combining, an alkalizing diet, and even growing your own sprouts and making your own plant based milks.  I learned so much!

The recipes are all very easy to follow and live up the the promise of super-healthy foods.  The pictures that accompany the recipes are helpful to show what the end result will (should) look like.  I also really enjoyed seeing the author in so many of the pictures, demonstrating the food for her readers.  On a side note, the cover has flaps that were really helpful in keeping place of my favorite recipe to make.

Finally, the author’s humor shines through in different places throughout the book.  In the introductions to the recipes, Masters sometimes shares how the recipe was developed, or what she uses it for.  Sometimes, they made me laugh, which is probably the first time I’ve ever laughed while reading a cookbook.

The only thing I did not like about the cookbook was the fact that none of the recipes provided the nutritional information.  Obviously the recipes are healthy because they consist of natural ingredients and whole foods.  However, different people have different dietary needs, and knowing the nutritional information is a necessity.

If you are looking for healthy recipes, look no further than the offerings of the Blender Girl, Tess Masters.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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