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The Perfect Blend: 100 Blender Recipes to Energize and Revitalize Paperback – December 27, 2016
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“When it comes to nutrition, I hesitate to use the word ‘perfect’. Yet when one book provides recipes for mouthwatering, delicious food that gives your body the nutrition it needs, there’s no better word to use. This truly is the ‘perfect blend’ of what you want and what you need.”
— Ashley Koff RD, award-winning dietitian
“I’m constantly looking for more innovative, fun, and delicious ways to incorporate veggies into my family’s diet, and the incredible recipes in The Perfect Blend give me just that opportunity. Tess’s approach to clean, gluten-free, and dairy-free eating never sacrifices flavor and always maximizes nutrients.”
— Danielle Walker, New York Times best-selling author of Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple
“The Perfect Blend brilliantly captures the current mood of the wellness world with chapters that focus on alkalizing, detoxing, energizing, and boosting immunity. Tess effortlessly guides and inspires us through recipes that look gorgeous, taste amazing, and hit every flavor note. They are refreshingly approachable and perfect for everyday nourishment.”
— Amy Chaplin, James Beard award–winning author of At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen
"Masters's latest book proves the blender is still the tabletop appliance that can do all—and we're not just talking about smoothies (though we can't wait to make that avocado daiquiri). You'll learn how to use it for heartier fare like cauliflower-based Tricked-Up Tabouli and a handful of vegan cheeses."
— Abby Reisner, Tasting Table
About the Author
TESS MASTERS is an actor, cook, lifestyle personality, and author of The Blender Girl, The Perfect Blend, The Detox Dynamo Cleanse, and The Blender Girl Smoothies app and book. She shares her enthusiasm for healthy living at theblendergirl.com. As a spokesperson, presenter, and recipe developer, Tess collaborates with leading food and lifestyle brands. She and her healthy fast food have been featured in the L.A Times, Washington Post, InStyle, Real Simple, Prevention, Family Circle, Vegetarian Times, FootNetwork.com, Shape.com, Glamour.com, Yahoo.com, Parents.com, among other publications around the world. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Scott Brick.
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So far, I've made the sweet potato and macadamia magic (soup), sustenance stew, roasted veggies with tarragon, celeriac slaw, minty peas please (soup), and Tom Kha. The sweet potato and macadamia magic was exceptional, perfect healthy comfort food that didn't require much active time in the kitchen. I liked everything I've made thus far... except for the Tom Kha. But it's sort of my fault.
Since I've been craving Tom Kha for a while now, I picked that recipe as my first test. It wasn't great; the soup was gritty and an unappealing murky brown. Lemongrass isn't something I habitually cook with - it is rather difficult to find in the supermarkets where I live. Other times I've made Tom Kha, the recipe simply had the lemongrass stalk placed into the simmering soup and later removed. This time, it went into the paste, and I didn't remove the outer layer since I didn't realize it needed to be done. There was no instruction to do so, no note, no see-page-X within the recipe (nor within the green curry recipe). I've since found a little note on page 173 (something else with lemongrass) that instructs the reader to do exactly that (and then a little more work) in order to use fresh lemongrass. It's nice that the directions are in here somewhere, but the other recipes that use lemongrass should refer the reader to that guidance.
One other quibble I have about this book is its organization. The book is subdivided into:
Energy, Immunity, Detox, Protein, Weight Loss, Anti-Inflammatory, Fabulous Fats, Low Carb, Alkaline Forming, Probiotic Promoting, Well Combined, and Feed the Soul.
There's no way for me to flip open this cookbook and quickly find a recipe when I'm in the mood for soup or a smoothie or a salad. The index contains all the recipes (of course), but there's no categorization within the index, just names. I suppose I understand some of the logic to the organization, but I bought this cookbook for the healthy recipes themselves, so I wish there was a more logical layout with sidebars telling me what subdivision the author thinks her recipe falls into.
All in all, if you have a reasonably high-powered blender at home and are looking for some well-balanced, flavorful, nutritious, simple, vegetarian recipes ... the Perfect Blend is a great addition to your cookbook library.
The recipes are not so simple, most take time and a lot of ingredients/steps/lots of washing!! It's nice for sometimes but not every day cooking.
Breaking foods into their body benefits is appealing. It is just what I need.
I love the conversational style of giving the nutrition benefits. The reasons for adding in additional ingredients. Giving a choice for what you want to accomplish.