The angle: Tips, recipes, and meal plans for a total diet overhaul, all without giving up delicious food.
Recipes for right now: Cardamom Quinoa Porridge with Pear, Coconut-Cherry Smoothie, Farro and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, Soba with Salmon and Watercress, Seared Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa
Who would enjoy this book? Food-lovers wanting to hit the reset button on their diets this January.
• Who wrote it: Martha Stewart
• Who published it: Clarkson Potter
• Number of recipes: 160
• Other highlights: There are a lot of points of entry to this book and a lot of ways that you can use it, both right now and throughout the year. Personally, I shy away from the kind of detox diets implied by the cover, but that's only part of what this book has to offer. I skimmed the "diet cleanse" sections, and instead, fell head first into the recipes — lots of simple, light, but very flavorful dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And if you are looking for some guidelines for a full-on diet, the editors include detailed nutritional information on various foods, guides for stocking your pantry, and then full day-by-day meal plans for 3-day and 21-day detox programs. Have at it!
As for the recipes themselves, they are primarily vegetable-based, occasionally with some fish or chicken added to the plate. Each recipe is clearly labeled as Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free and so on, where appropriate, and also include full nutritional information. Spices are kept pretty simple. I like the thought given to the combination of textures and flavors on the plate (creamy sweet potatoes with chewy grains and crunchy sprouts, for instance).
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Clean Slate by Martha Stewart
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