Clean Slate from the Editors of Martha Stewart Living

Book description:

It’s time to hit the reset button. This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and healthy recipes that make it easy to do just that. Refreshing juices and smoothies, savory snacks, protein-packed main dishes, and even delectable desserts will keep you satisfied all day long; among them are plenty of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergen-free options, each identified by helpful icons. Comprehensive, informative, and utterly satisfying, Clean Slate is the complete go-to guide for boosting your energy and feeling your best.

More than just a cookbook, Clean Slate, from the editors of Martha Stewart Living, provides you with the nutritionally sound information you need to shop for and prepare food that nourishes body and mind. You’ll find guidelines for restocking your pantry with whole grains, beans and legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats; glossaries of the best sources of detoxifiers, antioxidants, and other health-boosting nutrients; and menus for a simple 3-day cleanse and a 21-day whole-body detox, with easy-to-follow tips and strategies for staying on track.

My review:

There are many things to like about this cookbook.  The pictures are beautiful and most recipes are paired with a picture, which doesn’t always happen in a cookbook.  I liked the way the book was organized into different sections, so it was easy to find the kind of recipe you were looking for, whether it is an energizing, rebooting, or relaxing one.

The best part for me was the beginning where there is information about a whole foods diet.  I thought the pages with lists of foods to incorporate into your diet were great and the swap this for that pages were really good, too.

Another huge plus was that each recipe had the nutritional information per serving, which is great if you are counting carbs or calories or tracking fiber intake.  Each recipe was also clearly marked as vegan, gluten-free, or nut-free as appropriate.  I think it would be easy for readers to use that are following those specific dietary restrictions.

However, I was disappointed with the recipes overall.  The green smoothie recipes were not anything new or different from others I have seen in similar cookbooks or online.  Other recipes that were new to me featured ingredients that I don’t have on-hand or that were not appealing to me at all.  I usually can find at least a few recipes that I either have all the ingredients to make or can easily substitute for.

I think this cookbook might be good for someone who really loves to cook and shop for specialty ingredients or has a really adventurous palate.  It just wasn’t for me.

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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