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The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life Paperback – December 1, 2015
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“Diets don't get any better than this.”—Eater
“Now, here’s a cleanse we can get behind.”—People
“There's a new cleanse in town that fully embraces solid foods like corn tortillas, refried beans, and *praise hands* guacamole. It's called TheTaco Cleanse, and it's real. *Praise hands*.”—Cosmopolitan
“Possibly the best diet strategy ever.”—E! Online
“The next trendy cleanse to hit Los Angeles incorporates avocados, kale, tempeh, tortillas—and plenty of margaritas. It's called the taco cleanse, it's vegan, and it's here just in time for all those New Year's resolutions you have every intention of keeping.”—Los Angeles Times
“Hallelujah and pass The Taco Cleanse.”—Washington Post
“Pretty much the best, hottest cleanse of all time.”—Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Post Punk Kitchen
“The Taco Cleanse is the only cleanse we want to try this year.”—Huffington Post
“The book pokes fun at the tired diet industry while providing the reader with some kick-ass recipes along the way.”—MindBodyGreen
"Close your eyes. Now, imagine a world where a health cleanse means a steady stream of tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now open your eyes. That day is here."—Today.com
“The recipes are no joke.”—Everyday Health
“The Taco Cleanse is the only cleanse you’ll ever need.”—Jezebel
“The glorious guide to achieving all your wildest dreams (i.e., living on tacos) is laid out in the eponymous cookbook The Taco Cleanse.”—Bustle
“Your New Year's detox can be a lot more painless than you anticipated.”—Refinery29
“So this will be the year I finally try a radical dieting plan, now that we have the culinary equivalent of God skysurfing by with finger guns ablaze, saying, ‘Hey bud, I like your style.’”—Jake Kilroy, Playboy
“The Best Non-Diet Ever”—Women’s Health
“The diet that you’ll actually be able to stick with.”—The Daily Meal
“This taco cleanse is the new year's resolution of your dreams.”—PopSugar
“Sign us up!”—Metro US
“Damn if counting taco calories doesn't sound a lot more palatable than counting alfalfa sprouts or glasses of lemon water.”—Thrillist
"The world's best diet.”—Marie Claire (UK)
“The empowering, guilt-free, and soul-satisfying journey you’re about to take your body and mind through will be not only supremely delicious (as tacos are involved) but also life-changing.”—from the foreword by Laura Beck, author of Vegansaurus
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Summary: The book provides a variety of vegan "fillings" for tacos. It also provides the recipes for the associated sauces/toppings/condiments as well as the tortillas themselves. The recipes are amazingly flavorful and fun to make. Cleanse? Not so sure... Change my life? Without a doubt!
This book has absolutely wowed me. Admittedly, the "cleanse" part of the book is only half-way serious, but, (as the book says) if you look at a cleanse as being more than just the body but also of the spirit I can kinda get into their semi-serious cleanse.
So, not being a "cleanse", why do I like it?
-The recipes are REALLY good. I eat out for most every meal... But, after having made about 6 things from the book I am beginning to wonder why. I am making more enjoyable meals at home than eating out. I would say most recipes are about a 20-40 min commitment which is not too bad.
-My room mate, while non-vegetarian, is lactose intolerant. As a perk, the book has a DAMN good recipe for a vegan "nacho cheese" and a not bad recipe for a ranch dressing. Seriously. I like my 7-11 nacho cheese and this stuff is better and (I assume) a whole lot healthier!!
-The book encouraged me to make staples I have never made before.... Tortillas, seitan, etc. Neat! And they are really not that hard. Also, as everyone says, home-made corn tortillas really are pretty good (and easy).
-While I do eat tofu and other soy products, I try not to overdo it because of the phytoestragen issue even though the evidence is really not supportive of that being an issue. So, that said, the book does have a lot of recipes using gluten and other non-soy protein sources. Of course there are lots of soy/non-gluten recipes as well. In general, the book has a lot of diversity for meat substitutes and it has opened my world a bit here.
Some additional comments....
-A large number of the recipes are much more involved than I am used to. I find that I had to really supplement my shelves to start to play with this book -- not a bad thing, but, I had never bought a jackfruit in brine or a soy curl or liquid smoke or "nutritional yeast".... Then again, I also had never bought dry dill nor coriander -- so take this comment with the realization that I am not much of a cook. Many of the recipes want to have a "readthru" before attempting to prep -- I find that I usually have 1 or 2 little bowls filled with mixes of ingredients so I can add them at the right times during the preparation.
-I like cumin, but, the authors LOVE cumin. I have started halving all their cumin recommendations and making up the balance with ground coriander.
-Any cleanse book that includes recipes for a few different types of margaritas understands the true spirit of a taco cleanse... A cleanse of the body and the spirit
It's humorous and takes the piss out of cleanses, yes, but it's also a great cookbook in and of itself. The recipes make a lot of leftovers, perfect for my two-person household. I really like the Jackfruit Brisket, Enlightened Soy Curls al Pastor, Arroz Verde, Sriracha Agave Tenders, Baja Slaw, and Deeply Roasted Chipotle Butternut Squash. Tortillas are way easier to make than you might think, and homemade corn tortillas are FAR superior to anything from the store. Most of the recipes are for individual fillings and sauces, which makes for fun on Taco Tuesday because I come up with something different every time. As if that's not enough, the omni half of the household also reports that the recipes are delicious and will eat them with great vigor.