By Anna Soref, Editor in Chief
As I begin to flip through my review copy of blogger (TheHealthyApple.com), chef and culinary nutritionist Amie Valpone’s debut cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, I get excited. To me, this isn’t a detox book—this is how I would love to eat all the time. The word detox may be in the title, but in my world this book lands itself among those cookbooks you refer to for daily meals and entertaining.
To me, this isn’t a detox book—this is
how I would love to eat all the time.
Initially I skip over the beginning bits on healthy eating (we’ll get back to those) and go right to the recipes. These photos—what! I thumbed through one gorgeous food shot after another. You make good-looking food, Amie!
To my delight I discover a wonderful mishmash of completely new dishes—Mini Black Rice and Almond Sliders, Perfectly Popped Amaranth Salad, Spicy Honeydew Melon and Cucumber Gazpacho—interspersed with healthy takes on traditional homey favorites: Rainy-Day Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, Morning Glory Carrot Muffins and Chipotle Fried Green Tomatoes. I put the book down and check the larder to see what I can cook up.
I had been really wanting to change up my breakfast routine, so the Black Rice and Berry Breakfast Bowl called out to me. It was super easy to make, and the nutty black rice simmered in the coconut milk, shredded coconut, maple syrup and vanilla smacked of a rice/tapioca pudding. Breakfast for the week—done.
Next I whipped up the Coconut Curry Carrot Soup. It was my turn to cook for my vegan food group, and this looked ideal. Wow—super easy to make and packed with rich exotic flavors. I have made countless puréed soups in my day, and this is one of the best. Who would think to combine sweet potatoes, coconut water (yup, not milk!), Vidalia onion, carrots, lime juice, cardamom and curry and blend it all together? The soup was a hit with everyone who tried it.
The soup was a hit with everyone who tried it.
After stuffing my face with two of the successful recipes, I managed to return to the front of the book, which rings in at a substantial 108 pages of the 392-page book. This section is virtually a book-within-a-book that begins with Amie’s personal story of how she shifted her life from illness to health via a diet-and-lifestyle overhaul.
Included is a two-week detox meal plan “filled with nutrient-dense foods to help you see results, remove toxic triggers, and reverse symptoms you may be experiencing such as bloating, gas, arthritis, and acne,” writes Valpone.
Here you’ll find sidebars and charts to help you revamp your kitchen, your shopping, your eating—essentially your life. Also included is a section on swapping out toxic household items.
If you are looking for inspiration along with tools to overhaul your own life, the first chapters of Eating Clean will really help you along the way.
For me, the 200-plus recipes are the gold mine in this book. I consider myself veganish—meaning that I aspire to eat very little dairy and eggs—these recipes have none of either. But they are also beautiful and filling and easy! This book has not left my kitchen countertop since I received it.
Find out where to buy the cookbook here http://thehealthyapple.com/books/eating-clean/
Thank you, Amie!