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The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook: Lose weight - get healthy - one mouthwatering meal at a time! Paperback – April 16, 2012
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When it arrived in the mail I was at first very excited as I flipped through for a preliminary scan. The dishes looked exotic, flavorful, and not too complicated to prepare. However it didn't take long to scope out some MAJOR downsides to this cookbook.
First of all, it is NOT strictly vegetarian--it includes a chapter on seafood. Seeing as this is a total waste to ovo-lacto vegetarians (the most "mainstream" kind of vegetarian in terms of connotation) I feel this cookbook shouldn't have been titled the way it was, but rather perhaps "The Eat Clean Pescetarian Cookbook," seeing as that's what it actually is...oh well.
When I tried to prepare a recipe for the first time, what seemed simple and straightforward at first turned out to be anything but. Even a "safe" looking recipe, when in the supermarket, proved impossible--I couldn't find the ingredients ANYWHERE! And I don't shop at a corner store, either. For example, one recipe alone called for whole cumin seeds, cherry peppers, and black quinoa; I couldn't find any of them at the 3 supermarkets I visited (one of them even being an organic health-food store). HUGE drawback.
This seems to be the way a lot of these recipes turn out, in fact.Read more ›
As much as I love Reno's other books, however, I mostly eat a vegetarian diet, so I've found that I can only use a portion of the recipes contained in Reno's previous books, which is why I was so thrilled to order this one. From looking through it, it looks like another nice addition to my library of other books, with a few drawbacks.
Since the clean eating movement emphasizes non-processed foods, all of the recipes call for fresh, natural ingredients. Whole grains are included, and the focus is on using healthy ingredients that nourish your body.
The book contains 150 brand-new recipes, and is divided into the following chapters:
--Chapter 1 A Healthy Start -- focused on breakfast
--Chapter 2 Snack Break
--Chapter 3 Simple Salads
--Chapter 4 Savory Soups and One Pot Meals
--Chapter 5 The Main Course
--Chapter 6 From the Sea -- seafood chapter
--Chapter 7 Vivacious Vegetables and Sides
--Chapter 8 Fast Foods
--Chapter 9 Sweet Treats
--Chapter 10 Vegetarian Holiday Feast
--Supportive Recipes -- for yogurt cheese, wheat pizza dough, etc.Read more ›
First of all, Tosca makes it a point to tell her readers that she is not a vegetarian. For someone who is not a vegetarian, she (or her research team...) has done a fantastic job of learning about vegetarianism / veganism. She has looked into clean sources of veggie protein, and she even includes a section on how to get vital nutrients and vitamins in which a veg-head might be deficient (B12, D, you get the idea).
While there might be some recipes that have hard-to-source ingredients, I found that most of the recipes have very basic ingredients, most of which I already have in my vegelicious kitchen. For example, the brown rice breakfast require brown rice, soy milk, and clean sweetener. While you may not have every single ingredient right there waiting for you in your cupboard, I suppose that's to be expected. And, as others mentioned, if something is too hard to source, it's usually not too hard to sub something.
One feature I really liked about the book was the little coding system that tells you specifics about the food. The legend explains the various symbols to mean the following: vegan, lacto-ovo, ovo, lacto, pescetarian, gluten-free, kid-friendly, quick and easy, ovo optional, vegan optional, and gluten-free optional. I found it super-easy and convenient to use these as I quickly skimmed through the recipes.
And now... the moment you've all been waiting for! The dreaded pescetarian aspect!! OK, here's the thing...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave it to my daughter. I found the recipes to be a little too gourmet so I don't know if she will use it.Published 7 months ago by Donna D
This is a pretty basic, not so original cookbook. Good for lower fat veggie meals but not must-have.Published 9 months ago by ANON18
I love cookbooks and just thought that this would include the author's different take on quick and easy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Emily
I really like this cookbook, its full of great recipes. So like the other reviews there are some drawbacks, some ingredients can be hard to find, some ingredients are pricey, and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karen King
More than once in this book the author mentions how "unhealthy" it is to not eat meat or animal flesh, mentioning you may experience various side affects called deficiency... Read morePublished 21 months ago by veggie
Great pictures and good instructions. Nice job on providing alternatives for vegan options. I liked the focus on vegetables and real food. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nicholas James Bergan
Tosca's nutrition information is fantastic and her recipes are delicious and easy! This has become my favorite cookbook of my oh-so-many. Read morePublished 23 months ago by S. Neuendorff