10/01/2007

The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies (by Natalie Savona)

'The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies' is one of the most inspiring recipe books I have seen! Natalie Savona is an expert in healthful eating, with an emphasis on enjoyment of good food rather than avoiding what's bad.

This particular book contains 365 recipes for fresh fruit juices and smoothies, well-sorted and with quick-reference guides to various nutritional benefits to each. Within a few days of receiving this book, we had bought an inexpensive centrifugal juice extractor and were enjoying variations on seasonal fruit as juices each morning.

Perhaps the one-a-day recipe idea is gimmicky: to be fair, many of the recipes are similar, and I quickly realised that exact quantities weren't particularly important. But that's my only (very minor) quibble. It's a book to browse for inspiration, and everything we've tried so far has been delicious.

In the back is a useful guide to vitamins and minerals found in various fruits and vegetables, and recommendations for particular recipes to follow when suffering particular illnesses or ailments.

I particularly like the fact that the book is spiral-bound, meaning it can easily lie flat while I follow a recipe. Highly recommended.

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