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Allow me to be blunt–I don’t buy into the whole health-craze notion that juicing is the silver bullet for ultimate physical health and spiritual awakening. I’m just a no-frills, moderately healthy woman who wants to enjoy the luxury of fresh-squeezed juices in her own kitchen without having to pay a gourmet price for them. To that end, I splurged on a good but affordable juice extractor and bought this book to learn the basics of making homemade juices. As with everything I purchase online, I checked out other customers’ reviews of various juicing information and cookbooks beforehand, and Rodnitzky’s book appeared to contain what I needed without too much fru-fru, “juicing will change your life” craziness.
What I found when the book arrived was that not only does Ultimate Juicing provide all the basic information one needs to make healthy and delicious juices at home, it also avoids the pitfalls of hard-sell promotional content(“these recipes will work best with such-and-such brand juice extractor”) and extravagant expectations for juicing’s health and/or spiritual benefits. In 8 concise, sensible chapters, Rodnitzky describes the nutritional value of fresh-made juices; proper selection, preparation, and storage of produce; juicer selection (without the hard-sell: the juicers are described in terms of operation with brand names mentioned only as examples); and recipes for basic, health-boosting, exotic, and alcoholic juice drinks.
The core information and excellent variety of recipes easily offset the silliness of the recipe titles, and the comprehensive index makes the book a handy reference for everyday use in the kitchen. I would recommend this book for veteran and novice juicers alike, regardless of their physical fitness or spiritual level.
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My wife and I bought this book because we wanted Juice recipes. We already own a juicer and we do not need to be sold on the benefits of Juicing. Nevertheless, this author, like many authors of these types of books, felt it necessary to devote a considerable portion of the book talking about why you should be juicing and the health benefits of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. Needless to say, we ignore those portions of the book (along with the section on how to choose a juicer or how to garnish a drink). But, despite all the fluff, there are good juice recipes in this book and an excellent table which gives the nutritional statistics for individual fruits and vegetables. In addition to this the book also gives a nutritional summary for each drink.
Like a lot of people, I love juicing, but I’ve been through too many juice books that place juicing alongside acupuncture, healing crystals and tarot cards as if drinking juice was going to bring me to a higher spirtual level. Look, if that works for you, more power to you, but what I want out of a juice book is two things – great recipes and some fun. This book has both. The recipes are outstanding – you’ll find some drinks in here that at first glance seem a little strange, maybe even disturbing, but give them a try and you’ll never go back to just fresh squeezed orange juice. The other thing a like about this book is the humor – it seems like every recipe title is a play on words or pun, I think this book could sell equally well in the humor section! I can’t decide what is more refreshing – the recipes or the book!
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