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The Big Book of Juices: More Than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day Hardcover – January 1, 1999

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"Natalie Savona's inspiring, practical approach to balanced eating and simple, tasty recipes have made her one of Britain's leading nutritionists. She is the author of six books, including The Big Book of Juices & Smoothies, Wonderfoods and Wonderfoods for Kids. Natalie trained at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition, having previously graduated from Cambridge and City Universities. She regularly features as an expert in the national press, on radio and television and has presented two television series for the BBC. For more information visitwww.nataliesavona.com"

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844837998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844837991
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (752 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the past few months I've read quite a few books on juicing. "The Big Book of Juices" is one of the most creative books I've seen so far. The fruit and vegetable blends are especially delicious. Who would have thought that grapefruit would go so well with carrots and celery. I've also never seen anyone blend broccoli with pears. Yet these all seem to work well. I especially enjoyed making the juice with passionfruit, orange juice and seltzer.

While you need a juicer for most of the recipes there are also some recipes for your blender. If you are feeling adventurous you might enjoy making a spicy drink made from chai tea, peaches, vanilla and yogurt. Most of the smoothie recipes use yogurt. The only thing you have to do first is to juice some of the fruit before you add it to the blender with the yogurt. Other fruits like mango and papaya are better just added to the blender as they don't juice as well. Specific instructions are not given on each recipe so you have to read the instructions at the start of the book and at the start of each chapter. Instead of instructions the author just gives a few sentences to inspire you to make the drink. This works well for individuals who have already been juicing for a few months but is not as helpful for someone new to juicing. From my own experience I learned to peel most fruits, especially citrus fruits. You will also want to peel mangoes, pineapple and papaya.

The last section in the book contains some recipes using sparkling mineral water. There are also some recipes for teas made with fresh herbs. There is an interesting tea made with licorice and mint. If you are looking for something to calm you at the end of the day there is a tea made with lemongrass, cardamom, orange zest, chamomile and mint.
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First, this is a gorgeous book. Beautiful photographs of almost all the recipes, and compact yet comprehensive sections on juicing (and smoothie) ingredients, suggested juicing regimens, and recipe recommendations for specific ailments or nutrients. The majority of recipes are for juices, but recipes for smoothies (with and without dairy or nut/seed milk) and quenchers (juice blends diluted with sparkling water or other beverage) are also included.

I'm new to juicing, but I've been drinking green smoothies (blended fruit and leafy greens -- no dairy) for months now. Juicing seemed like the perfect adjunct to the smoothies -- I wanted to add more vegetables to my diet. If you've done any research about juicing or smoothies, you've seen the debate about combining fruits and vegetables. If you're not a fan of combining them, this is not the book for you -- virtually all of these recipes combine the two food groups. (While I don't generally combine them myself, my current favorite juice is Natalia Rose's Life Force Powerade -- kale, cucumber or celery, beets, ginger, apples and lemon. Drinking this the first thing in the morning is an amazing start to the day.)

Having said that, this book is an inspiration to me as a juicing newbie, and gives me plenty of ideas for both my juices and green smoothies. BUT -- much of this content is duplicated in Ms. Savona's book, The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies: 365 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day (The Big Book of...Series) (Spiral-bound). Until recently this was available here on amazon.com in a spiral-bound format -- a much more condensed version, and probably easier to use.

Either of these books is worth a look -- I think anyone interested in juices or smoothies would benefit on some level.
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The Big Book of Juices is the one of the best books ever!! Each recipe is "graded" on 5 areas with 0-5 stars; energy, detox, immunity, digestion and skin. It gives the recipe title, ingredients, author comments, and the grade. I read all 400 since it was delivered this morning and I am so excited to try them. It has 5 chapters; juice basics, making juices (more than half the book), making smoothies (anything with a banana or yogurt), making quenchers (drinks including sparkling water), and juicing reference (it has a lot of nutritional references and advice for ailments). It also has a picture for nearly every recipe. It is over 700 pages of colorful goodness!!! I don't think I'll ever need another juicing book.
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Format: Paperback
I've been an on-again, off-again juicer for a while. I think the reason I've stopped juicing in the past was the time it takes to juice. Honestly, it's not a lot of time at all and the benefits are wonderful! Also, I get tired of trying to come up with new combinations on my own.

This book is a great resource when you need some new recipes, and a great intro book for people wanting to learn more about juicing. This book is sort of a new edition to Natalie Savona previous book, but it has some updated photography and more recipes (including smoothie recipes which I enjoyed a lot). One of the great things about this book is it rates each recipe according to it's benefits (as in good for skin, detoxing, digestion, etc) so you can pick recipes that will benefit a specific aspect of your health. There is also an index of various ailments (acne, fatigue, etc) at the end and it offers a few recipes for each ailment. Personally, I think you should try them all at least once. For me, I was surprised how much I like the combination of green apple, parsley, lime, and lettuce! That one is great right before bedtime.

There are a lot of facts (or myths, depending on your opinion) about the "rules" of juicing. For instance, many people believe vegetables juices should not be combined with fruit juices because your body can't take both at the same time, or apples are the only fruit juice that can be combined with vegetables. There are a lot of things floating around there on the internet but Natalie doesn't touch on these very much. It's more of a recipe book than a diet plan, and I like that.
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