Book Reviews

Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood by Wayne Coates, PhD

Chia: the complete guide to the ultimate superfood wayne coatesOne of the world’s most recognized authorities on chia, Wayne Coates, PhD (himself a distance runner), has put together a compact yet greatly informative book, Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood.* Packed with everything you want to know about chia, this book also offers 75 recipes to help you incorporate chia seeds into your daily repertoire.  more→

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Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet

Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer CornbleetI’ve had the original edition of Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Corbleet for some time now. In the summer, I like to try for at least 60% raw food, simply because eating raw makes so much sense when fresh fruits and veggies are at their most abundant. But much as I love my Vitamix for making fresh smoothies and all manner of soups and sauces, I could never seem to get with the program of dehydrating and sprouting that’s prevalent in the raw food world. It sometimes seems like you need to start something on Monday in order to have it for dinner on Wednesday. more→

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Ice Pop Joy by Anni Daulter

ice pop joy by anni daulterHomemade ice pops are one of the latest food crazes, and a good one at that, as you can sneak all manner of healthy foods into something that looks completely like a treat! Ice Pop Joy* by Anni Daulter (author of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers*) is a fun guide to these colorful icy pleasures. more→

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Vegan a la Mode by Hannah Kaminsky

vegan a la mode by hannah kaminskyReviewed by Liz Arronson Reuven of Kosher Like Me. Sweltering temps have blanketed the Northeast again just as Hannah Kaminsky’s third book, Vegan a la Mode,* has hit the shelves. Icy cold treats are the perfect solution and Kaminsky’s sumptuous photos and highly creative recipes will have you ordering an ice cream maker before you can click out of this post. more→

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Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by allyson kramerAllyson Kramer, who runs the popular Manifest Vegan blog (if you are interested in gluten-free, vegan, or both together, this is the place for you!) has just released her first book, the bountiful, colorful Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats.Going vegan is a trend that has exploded over the last few years, and gluten-free diets have also gained traction in a big way. more→

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The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond

abcs of fruits and vegetables and beyond by steve charley and david goldbeckWhen my kids were young, we used to like to do what we called “food projects” — baking, cooking, planting seeds, making art out of food, and the like. A book like The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond* by Steve Charney & David Goldbeck would have been perfect for us, providing many hours of after-school and vacation fun in ways that helped celebrate and appreciate fresh produce. more→

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Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran

Main Street Vegan by Victoria MoranIn many a glowing description of a non-fiction book, especially a prescriptive one like a self-help book or a cookbook, the reviewer will compliment the author by saying that reading their words feels like having a cup of tea with a friend. I can go one better and say that spending time perusing the pages of Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World* truly is like having a cup of tea with a friend — because its author, Victoria Moran, is a friend of mine, with whom I’ve had actual cups of tea (okay, coffee in my case). And she brings the same warm, witty voice she is blessed with in person to her latest book.  more→

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Ripe by Cheryl Sternman Rule

ripe by cheryl sternman ruleI first spotted Ripe from across a crowded room at a culinary conference. And from the moment I held the book in my hands, it was love at first sight. Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables*(written by Cheryl Sternman Rule, with photography by Paulette Phlipot, Running Press), is like no cookbook I’ve ever seen. It’s organized by the color of the produce rather than the usual categories, and while this may sound odd—honeydew precedes kale, which is followed by kiwi, I assure you, it not only works logistically, but creates a literal rainbow of a book. The whole concept is so appealing to me as a visual artist; and as a writer and foodie, well, I wish I had thought to create a book like this. more→

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