The Blender Girl by Tess Masters
The angle: Use your juicer for more than just smoothies, a.k.a. Will it blend?
Recipes for right now: Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie, Minty Green Gluttony Smoothie, Incredibly Edible Edamame Dip, Onion and Herb Socca, Citrus Sea Slaw, Creamy Cauliflower Soup, Penang Curry, Raw Chocolate-Orange Torte
Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who loves their blender or would like some good excuses to use it more often, vegans and folks on a gluten-free diet.
• Who wrote it: Tess Masters
• Who published it: Ten Speed Press
• Number of recipes: 100
• Other highlights: Tess is a true blender evangelist! If your blender has been collecting dust (er…I’ll raise my hand here), she’ll have you brushing it off and on your counter in no time. There’s something about Tess’s enthusiasm for all things blended that is just incredibly infectious.
And that’s another thing — she really covers all things blended. Smoothies and juices, yes, but also salad dressings, easy party dips, pureed soups, sauces for main course dishes, and even some blender desserts. The recipes are all vegan and gluten-free, and a good number of them are raw. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies here! Tess emphasizes the nutritional aspect of the ingredients and the finished dishes, but it doesn’t feel overbearing or overly healthified — just supportive and encouraging. I also appreciate all the details on things like sprouting grains and making nut milks.
The photos in this book are also gorgeous — I’m such a sucker for pretty pictures in cookbooks! Here, they make the recipes feel so lush and inviting; they really help underscore this idea that a blender can be used to make so very many different kinds of dishes.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Blender Girl by Tess Masters
• Visit the author’s website: Tess Masters
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