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Clean Green Drinks: 100+ Cleansing Recipes to Renew & Restore Your Body and Mind Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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Advance praise for Clean Green Drinks
“Candice’s recipes are delicious and will keep your skin glowing from the inside out. Trust me, your body will be thanking you once you introduce Clean Green Drinks into your diet!”—Adriana Lima, supermodel
“I’ve always been a fan of Candice’s recipes, and I can’t wait for her juices to kick-start my health! Healthy eating can be delicious!”—Nicole Miller, designer
“Candice Kumai knows how to jam a bazillion nutrients into a tasty and refreshing glass. Her creative beverages will give your body a boost and your taste buds a treat.”—Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., New York Times bestselling author and nutrition expert for NBC’s Today
“Clean Green Drinks is one of the most impressive health books out there, full of amazingly delicious recipes and fresh ingredients. If it’s great health you want, this book delivers.”—Kim Barnouin, New York Times bestselling co-author of Skinny Bitch
“Candice Kumai is an absolute artist with recipes. She’s shaking things up with Clean Green Drinks. This book has taken my juicing obsession to a whole new level.”—Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles
“Combine a passion for health and nutrition with culinary expertise and you have Candice Kumai. I recommend her books for every kitchen!”—Dr. Lindsey Duncan, celebrity nutritionist and naturopathic doctor
“Candice has whipped up the most stylish guide to juicing. Green truly is the new black.”—Michelle Smith, founder and designer, Milly
“Clean Green Drinks is a treasure trove of recipes—perfect for cleansing, detoxing, and everyday sipping! The beautiful pictures and design of the book are bound to inspire.”— Alexandra Jamieson, co-creator of Super Size Me and author of The Great American Detox Diet
“Going green has never been so delicious! Candice makes these recipes healthy, easy, fun, and yummy!”—Keri Glassman, nutritionist, TV personality, and author of The New You and Improved Diet
About the Author
Candice Kumai, former host of Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin and TLC’s Homemade Simple, had traveled across Asia, New York City, and Los Angeles as a fashion model by the age of fifteen. At twenty-two, she received her professional culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles and cooked in several California-based restaurants. Candice was the youngest chef to compete on Bravo’s inaugural season of Top Chef at age twenty-three. As a major influencer by the age of thirty, Candice wrote and developed recipes for more than half a dozen cookbooks, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Cook Yourself Thin, Skinny Bitch Cookbook, Recipe Rehab, and Novak Djokovic’s Serve to Win. Her cookbooks include Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy, and Clean Green Drinks. Candice is featured in and contributes to dozens of food, health, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle shows and publications.
In 2012 she began hosting workshops in New York City at the James Beard Foundation. Additionally, Candice has been an ambassador to the White House AAPI Alliance and The Resolution Project at Harvard Club of New York City. Candice has spoken at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University Medical Center, University of San Diego, The New York Times Travel Show, and the NBA. Candice is the chef ambassador to 1,000 Days (founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton). She volunteers her time with Whole Foods, The Chef’s Garden, and Health Corps. She is a fellowship member of the UN Foundation.
Candice is currently a regular judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, a health journalist, and food editor-at-large at Shape and Men’s Fitness magazines.
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Also, the author is a big fan of ingredients like matcha powder, bee pollen, green superfood powder, maca, probiotics, and so on, and a lot of the recipes have these add-ins. I mention it because I know that's not always everyone's cup of tea...just know ahead of time that a good chunk of the recipes call for these kinds of ingredients.
I personally love the general content of this book, and based on the title and what I know of Candice Kumai, it's exactly what I wanted and was expecting: lots of healthy and varied green drinks to add to my smoothie and juice repertoire. Awesome.
The issue is that there are some irritating problems with the book that make it a lot less functional and enjoyable to use than it would have been with a few minor tweaks. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars, because I do think the content itself is good and I hate to knock it for issues unrelated to the writing or the recipes themselves, but if I have to choose between 3 and 4 stars, the problems are enough of a nuisance to knock off the extra star.
Awkward serving sizes: too many of the drink recipes in the book are for 3 or 4 people. It doesn't make much sense to me: are that many people regularly making the same smoothie for 3-4 people at a time? It seems like it'd make more sense to write all the recipes for two people, which makes it simple to double or halve for more or fewer people. My usual go-to source for smoothie recipes does it that way, and it's simple enough that I'd never given recipe scaling a second thought until I sat down and tried to make my weekly shopping list using this book. In the grand scheme of things, a little math isn't that difficult, but I wish the amounts for a lot of these recipes were less fiddly: who wants to start off the day trying to measure out exactly 1/6 of a pear, 2/3 of a teaspoon of nut butter and 3/8 of a cup of coconut water for something as simple as a smoothie?
Missing recipes: There's a chart for a 7-day eating & exercise guide in the book, but the dinner recipes it lists are nowhere to be found (at least in the kindle version). I know this is a drinks book, but if a key part of the book recommends specific recipes, then those recipes should be included...or there should at least be an outside source mentioned where readers can go to find them.
No index: Why? I don't understand why they wouldn't include an index in the back of the book so you can actually search for specific drinks by name or ingredient. The 7-day eating guide I mentioned above lists specific drinks for each day, and if there's no index I guess you're just supposed to flip around till you find them? At least on the kindle you can search the actual content of the book for key words and phrases, but still. I really don't understand why they would omit such a simple tool to make using this book so much easier and more functional.
And the last issue I have isn't specific to just this book, but I find it really frustrating when books that list nutrition info and clearly have a focus on healthy living and/or weight management (I know this isn't a diet book, but I do think it's conscious of weight loss and/or maintenance based on the content) don't list recipe ingredients by weight. I know not everyone uses a food scale, and I don't think authors should completely do away with listing cups/teaspoons/etc, but I wish they'd also include grams/milligrams/ml/ounces/whatever alongside those measurements. One person's idea of half a cup of spinach might be totally different than another's (is it packed? is it chopped or are the leaves whole? etc)...for something like spinach that's not calorically dense it doesn't matter that much (other than how it might affect the taste of the finished recipe...which I guess in a recipe book IS quite important after all), but when a recipe lists "half an avocado" and then gives definitive nutrition info, I think it's misleading. It might seem like it shouldn't matter, but for people who really need to watch their intake, the extra (or missed) calories add up quickly.
Overall I'm glad I purchased the book and I like a lot of the recipes, I just wish the issues above had been resolved before it was published.