Monday, November 2, 2015

Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide - Book Review

Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide is a book from the editors of Martha Stewart Living. As a long time fan of the magazine I was excited to explore this book in depth. It was released December 16, 2014 and is available in paperback or eBook format. The paperback copy has a list price of $26.

The focus of this book is starting fresh with your diet. It includes over 160 recipes that are centered around unprocessed, clean, whole foods. A large number of the recipes are some combination of vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, and/or gluten-free. I was thrilled to see recipes that catered to such a wide range of dietary restrictions.

Clean Slate begins with a guide on mindful, healthy eating. This is covered through the use of 11 "Golden Rules". The rules are followed with instructions on implementing a 3-day action plan and 21-day action plan. Having a 21-day action plan is important to me, because it is often believed that it takes at least 21 days to create a new habit.

The recipes in Clean Slate are not at all intimidating. Both the ingredients and recipe instructions are simple. I could recommend this to a friend who is afraid of their kitchen without any concerns. The standout recipes for me thus far are the steamed vegetable salad with macadamia dressing; quinoa salad with zucchini, mint and pistachios; cardamom quinoa porridge with pear; and chai tea latte.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to refresh their diet. If you already eat a whole food diet, then this book may help boost your recipe arsenal.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own and are completely honest

Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review: The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand

The Kitchn Cookbook is a beautiful book by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand. For those of you not familiar with The Kitchen, it is a website from the creators of Apartment Therapy dedicated to kitchen decor and cooking. As someone who is in love with both of these websites I could not resist the opportunity to review The Kitchn Cookbook. The book was released on October 7, 2014, and is available in hardcover or as eBook.

True to the spirit of The Kitchn website this book offers kitchen tips as well as recipes. Part I focuses on the kitchen itself, while Part II focuses on cooking. In Part I readers are offered tips on setting up their kitchen so that it works well for them and caring for a kitchen. The ultimate goal of these topics are to help the reader achieve efficiency in their kitchen. Part I also describes 50 cooking techniques that the authors believe are essential. I found many useful tips in Part I, but my favorite was the Daily Cleaning Plan For A Constantly Clean Kitchen.

Part II of the book covers the recipes and then tips on hosting a gathering. The book's 150 recipes are a combination of past favorites from the website and new recipes created for the book. The variation of recipes in the book is a pleasant surprise. The recipes vary in complexity and style, and I believe there is something for everyone in this book. There are so many recipes that I cannot wait to try.

The book ends with a discussion of gatherings. This section offers tips on table settings, ambiance, and all the other necessitates for hosting with confidence.

The Kitchn is a book that I would highly recommend for anyone with an interest in their kitchen or cooking. I can see this being a go-to housewarming gift. I look forward to future publications authors Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own and are completely honest.