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Once you’ve tasted the fruit juice recipes in this book, you’ll feel cheated every time you drink bottled, canned or otherwise processed juices from the grocery store. I’ll admit I have a sweet tooth so, the fruit juices are what I like most about this book. However, Michael Murray has also packed it with a lot of useful health information. He highlights the link between progressive Westernization of diets and the subsequent rise of modern day plagues like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The text contains tables of quantitative information and references to reputable scientific publications to support his contentions. In fact, the information convinced me to at least try some of the less palatable-looking vegetable juices; quite a feat, considering that I was never enthusiastic about downing glasses of liquefied parsley, kale or leeks. I was pleasantly surprised. In particular, a concoction called “Cruciferous Surprise” containing cabbage, broccoli, kale, carrots and apples really did turn out to be a shock–a rather tasty one. Despite the fact that I’d consumed a couple of pounds of veggies and fruit in a few gulps, I didn’t end up feeling like an overinflated hot air ballon! To be completely honest though, there were a few veggie juice recipes that pickled my palate and left me feeling seasick, but over all, I was quite pleased with the book. Whether you have a medical condition for which you’re seeking nutritional support (the chapter on “Juice as Medicine” recommends various fruit and vegetable juices which can be therapeutic for a number of ailments)., looking for ways to improve your diet or simply trying to add something new and exciting to your culinary repertoire, this is a fun and informative book to own.
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I love the almost complete information in this book. The author does a very good job of explaining the benefits of juicing. He has a section on the fruits and vegetables with the benefits of juicing each. There is a nice section on recipes(both with nutritional value and caloric content). There is a section on weight loss by juicing and a section which recommends different recipes to juice for different health problems. This book has great information nutritionally and it is easy reading. I did find it prejudice towards the Juiceman Juicer line of products, that is why it came down one star level in the ratings. The study he used to promote the Juiceman was incomplete.
I have come to rely on “The Complete Book of Juicing,” as a bible and wealth of information on the NUTRITIONAL components of fresh juice. It is ALSO a GREAT! guide to which juices, (yes fruits and vegetables together) that combine well for great taste and a power punch of vitamins and phytonutrients. I have a juicer AND a Vitamix and this book has helped me everystep along the way to changing my eating style effortlessly and smoothly from a burger and grease american style diet to a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. I am grateful to have this book and wish I had 25 of them to give to friends and aquaintances who express an interest in improving their health. I have lost 75 lbs, and regained my health at middle age. I have never felt better! Buy this book!
The first few chapters of this book are dedicated to the benefits of juicing, how to juice individual fruits and vegetables and what their specific benefits and nutrional information is and gives suggestions based on lifestyle needs. The second section of this book is filled with recipes for juicing. These juices cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertaining for guests and dessert. I was very surprised that I enjoyed as many of the combinations as I did. Who knew that red pepper juice would be almost sweet enough for dessert?
The wonderful thing about this book is the author’s emphasis on using the “pulp” left by the fruits and vegetables to minimize waste, to get the most out of your money and to get the necessary and vital fiber that our bodies need. Carrot pulp should be saved and used to make carrot cake, zucchini pulp for zucchini bread, pineapple or apricot pulp retained for creating the freshest of fresh preserves to serve as toppings for toast, muffins or pancakes.
The author also encourages experimentation and offers a few suggestions in branching out to exotic fruits and vegetables, like those found in Asian or specialty markets.
Overall, this is a very down-to-earth, easy to read and follow guide for anyone that’s interested in introducing the yummy and healthy benefits of juicing into their lives.
This book contains several delicious recipes; the “Tomato Salsa Drink” gets an A+. Its greatest strength are the recipes for the pulp, the fiber remnants. Each recipe lists the vitamins found in each drink, as well as the health benefits.
The Index is lacking and could be more specific. If you’re looking for a recipe employing a specific fruit or vegetable, not ALL the recipes using that item are listed.
Still, it is a useful book, expecially for one ‘new’ to juicing.
This is a vey easy book to read written by Jack LaLanne’s wife Elaine. The first half of the book gives you the lowdown on all the different foods. Here you will find the benefits of certain fruits and vegetables, what to do with the pulp etc.I for one don’t have the time to use the pulp to make goodies but usually use it in my vegetable recycle bin in the yard that gives me the best mulch. There is also a suggested improvement section, such as best juices for seniors, young people, detoxification etc. The second half of the book gives you all the juice recipes . Some of the combinations sound gross but surprisingly some of those actually turned out to be great tasting. A few years back I got a juicer and incorporated juicing, especially during summmer into my diet(not to be confused with going on a diet) and found this book had some great suggestions. Since it is not always cost effective to juice I only do it on occassion. Anyway, here you have it, everything you need to know about juicing and it’s benefits. Jack LaLanne has to be doing something right, right?
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