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Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

A Cookbook Winner for You and the Planet!

I eat mostly vegetarian/vegan--but I often find it hard and tedious because of bland and boring recipes. I have read the entire Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You and am very impressed ...
I eat mostly vegetarian/vegan--but I often find it hard and tedious because of bland and boring recipes. I have read the entire Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You and am very impressed and excited! (I made a recipe last night--more on that later.)

There are lots of exciting ingredients that interest me, an experienced cook. I love the layout of the book with one recipe per page in attractive but easy to read graphics. Beautifully done!

I also love the seasonal approach to cooking. I have been cooking seasonally for quite awhile now, and there is something that just feels so good about going to my local farmer's market, and buying and preparing that food.

Last night I prepared quinoa and black bean salad with apricot lime vinaigrette and it was delicious and flavorful, as well as easy to make.

I will report back soon, as I intend to make several more recipes.

If you are serious about cleaning up your diet for the health of the planet and yourself, consider cleaning up your home, too. As an eco-friendly designer, I must impress how important it is to remove all toxins from your life. Here are favorites:

HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET Show how to live in a clean, non-toxic sanctuary.

IN DEFENSE OF FOOD: all about the food in our country and how to eat healthily.

HOW TO GROW FRESH AIR: Shows how houseplants can remove toxins from your home

posted by DavidaHarp on September 2, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Gimicky

The title leads one to believe that there might be more here than the average food book. The illustration is nice, the cover divine. The pages lack insight, depth and the obvious expectation of the reader looking for something NEW. Same old, same old. Don't buy it; ...
The title leads one to believe that there might be more here than the average food book. The illustration is nice, the cover divine. The pages lack insight, depth and the obvious expectation of the reader looking for something NEW. Same old, same old. Don't buy it; I'll give you mine!

posted by goldkisses on October 26, 2009

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    It's a start

    Cooking seasonally is definitely the way to go and this cook book certainly helps to move one's diet in a healthier, more sustainable direction. However, some of the ingredients are rather obscure. For example, what on earth is mirin? Conventional grocery stores do not carry mirin. Also, some of the recipes call for vegetables that are ironically enough, out of season. One of the dishes in the fall section called for asparagus, which is typically grown in the early spring.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Not exactly what I was expecting

    This cookbook wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I think the explanations about alternatives to the traditional grains, vegetables, etc. to be interesting and informative. However, I don't think many of these ingredients will be available in my area. Unless you live in an area where there is an abundance of "natural" food stores as opposed to the chain supermarkets, I think you will be disappointed with this cookbook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Great resource, with a few exceptions.

    The book is completely full of advice on nutrition as we currently understand it today and is overflowing with ideas and recipes to take those ideas to their logical end. To eat that way. But I was very disappointed to find that soy products are scattered throughout. Tofu and other soy products sold in the American market are highly processed and very likely GMO through cross-contamination. Thats not what I call CLEAN food.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    Decided not to keep this book, but did give it to my friend.

    I love great cookbooks - but this particular one just didn't excite me.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Good for the basics

    Was a little disappointed in the depth of the book, but it is good for basic, seasonal ideas. Some of the ingredients are not necessarily hard to find, but may not be familiar to many.

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