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on April 8, 2014
I have been in contact with the author for a few years now, and on a personal level - she is the REAL DEAL!!!! My son was dx with cancer at the age of 5 in 2007 - after all treatment, he was having dietary issues along with being grossly underweight, as well as losing his taste for certain foods which provide essential nutrition. Well, I happened upon Tess Masters and without hesitation she not only responded via mail, she personally called me and gave me some of the best advice. To date, my son is 6 years cancer free - and still has no idea that we are sneaking veggies into a lot of his food via the Vitamix and Tess' recipes!!! I'm looking forward to trying many more recipes in this book. Thanks Tess xxxxx
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Tess Masters delivers an incredible, inspiring book that contains a variety of mouth-watering recipes, helpful tips on health advice, and much more. The Introduction begins with her own personal story of her journey of discovery on flexibility, a key factor to healthy living. This book is packed with information on proper, healthy diets and the golden key to success in losing weight, and staying healthy.

The author includes delicious recipes on:Appetizers; Snacks; Salads; Main Dishes; Smoothies; Dressings; and more. Tess Masters discusses the power of whole foods, balance, choosing the right blender, and other important information. We learn how to Soak, Chop, Mince, and Grate. The author also discusses why the Spatula is Queen, Types of blenders and performance, raw power, and the colorful photos are inviting.

There is a section on Increased Energy, Prevention Of Disease, and discussions on the well-being of a healthy life. We also learn about Superfoods, Vitamins, minerals, and Antitoxidants. There is interesting information on soaking nuts, cheat charts, how to make homemade milk, and how to Store and Freeze.

The author includes facts on Vegetables, Fruits, and Sweeteners, such as Stevia. She begins Recipes with delicious Smoothies and Shakes such as: Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake, Pineapple Salsa, Creamy Orange C, and other yummy recipes that make your mouth water. We made thus far, the Apple Pie In A Glass And the Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise, both were delicious, and my daughter requested those again. In addition, there is information on:Juicing Versus Blending, Nuts and Seeds, Dips and Spreads, and more.

The desserts are amazing, and we had fun making the Ginger-Apple Pear Butter, which we love on toast. I've tasted Apple Butter once and loved it, so we were anxious to make this. Next we will make the Raspberry Jam, and the Rich But Simple Tomato Soup. My daughter selected the Butternut Bliss soup for tomorrow. I also made the Pear And Candied Walnut With Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing, very light, refreshing, and tasty. I will be making this again-and-again.

We also learn how to make homemade Vegetable Broth, and the Main Dishes are fantastic. Some Recipes include: Pizza; Tacos; Lasagna; Creamy Mushroom Stronganoff; and other inviting recipes. This book is a delightful addition to my cookbook collection, and I will be gifting it to friends and family on special occasions. Highly recommended!
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on April 14, 2014
This book, and truthfully Tess Masters, the beautiful chef and author, have honestly changed my life. I had the luxury of discovering Tess and her fabulous website [...] two years ago this month. I fell immediately in love, went out and bought a Vitamix based on her inspiring recipes and personal encouragement, and off I went into the kitchen. I eat better, I sleep better, my kids are healthier, my family and I ALL have more energy. We get sick less often. We are more FULL OF LIFE from following the recipes on her website and in this fantastic book!

Have you seen the movie "Julie and Julia" about a young writer attempting to test each and every one of Julia Child's recipes in her first cookbook? Well, that's me and this book (and website, truth be known, but that's a lot of material!) I absolutely love every single Tess Masters recipe I have ever tried, and interestingly, I don't even tweak them. I tweak EVERY recipe, honestly, but not these - they're PERFECT the way they are.

My kids are now slurping all things raw and full of nutrients: hemp seeds, chia seeds, almond milk and kale, gazpacho and cauliflower soup, among other things. They eat flax seeds, coconut and more - sometimes knowingly, sometimes - HA - not! That's the beauty of some of these recipes! You can honestly sneak in the healthy stuff and since the recipes are THAT GOOD the kids don't ask too many questions! We served the "Spicy Gazpacho Grab" and the ridiculously perfect "Pineapple Vanilla Sangria" at a fairly large party one evening and EVERYONE (not the kids) asked for the recipes. I told them all to go buy the book!

There are smoothies, dips, spreads, pancakes, soups, desserts, salads and so much more - but it's not just the recipes that make this book seriously amazing. The educational, loving, teaching aspect makes me want to read and reread this book many times over. “The Blender Girl” cookbook has claimed a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. It's absolutely gorgeous, with stunning photography and outstanding information on how to do things I thought were "too difficult" before reading this. Make my own almond milk? What?! It’s Easy! Tonics? What are those? Fixer-uppers, that's what. Try them, you'll like them. Seriously. Yup, it's really that easy.

Tess Masters breaks down healthy eating and blending to a simple step by step "how to" - it's really rather easy when you have a good teacher. Spend some time in this book and on her website and you'll find yourself hooked too.
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on September 10, 2015
Great book. However the recipes are very time consuming. My fav is the pad thai, I can make it in my sleep Ive done it so many times. Just be for-warned this isn't a quick and easy book for beginners.
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on July 13, 2014
I can't get enough of this book. I rave about everything in it. If you are a vegan wanna-be like me, your pantry probably has the staples to cut down on what you need to buy to actually make the recipes. Usually I have 1/2 of the ingredients at all times: dates, maple, cashews, agave, almonds, spices, etc.

I eat steak and chicken and all sorts of things, but usually opt for cooking one of Tess's easy meals. Some of my favorites:
Puddings - Key lime and chocolate
Nut Tacos!!!!!!!!!! (w/ vegan sour cream, yum!)
Pad Thai
Leek and Cauliflower Soup
Tastes-like-ice-cream-kale (You really can't taste the Kale, it has a lot of sweet stuff so don't drink this every day, but indulge sometimes!)
Cashew cream (Put on desserts, dip berries in it, lick it off your finger)
Grape mint lemonade (Add some Vodka for the adults)
Pineapple salsa smoothie (I'll admit we had mixed reviews in our house, love it or hate it, I love it!)
Incredible Edamame dip

So many more I want to try!
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on May 28, 2014
This book blew me away. I was expecting yummy smoothie recipes, and got SO much more!

"The Blender Girl" is packed with useful information and delicious recipes. It's a sensible guide to healthy eating on all levels. For example, I was delighted that Tess Masters addressed the issue of food combining, and explained why we suffer digestive distress after eating the wrong things together. I haven't seen this issue given serious ink in nearly 40 years, and it's fundamental to our nutrition and enjoyment of food.

And pizza. Healthy, vegan pizza. You gotta love a 'blender' cookbook that includes pizza!

I'm going to need more than one copy of this book, because my first one's going to take a beating.
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on June 6, 2015
I love this cook book. I use it at least once a week. Her creamy soups are out of this world! It is hard to believe they are actually good for you. Tess' dark chocolate pudding made with avocados is amazing. A lot of the negative reviews complained that the cookbook uses ingredients that are hard to find. Most of them can be found at Trader Joes or Whole foods. Vitacost is a web site that carries healthy ingredients at reasonable prices. I would recommend this cookbook to someone who has a passion for healthy clean eating.
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on April 27, 2014
Don't let the Gluten-Free/Vegan part scare you - this Montana cattle ranching gal... LOVES this cookbook by Tess Masters. This is one of those cookbooks that you'll have out on your kitchen counter all the time, as the photos are just exquisite!! (Do I dare say to put it on the coffee table?)... but no, you'll want to use it daily, so probably buy 2 !! First of all, I know very little about alkaline, gluten, superfoods, enzymes... but Tess talks you thru it and it's really quite fascinating. I love that she talks "real" and that my 11 year old Osterizer Blender would do the trick.. and it does !!

My all time favorite recipe is the Cauliflower Soup.... I don't care what time of year, this is comfort food at it's best (and healthy!)

I have definitely gone outside my comfort zone in trying some of these recipes (and word of wisdom: Tahini is NOT like peanut butter... it looks like you want to just grab a spoon and eat it-- but don't... ewww, I learned the hard way!).

So, dust off that blender and have a great time with these amazing recipes !!
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on March 30, 2017
Way too many ingredients and variety of ingredients that common grocery stores around this country USA don't sell. Very expensive to order all the ingredients.
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on November 30, 2014
This is a real inspiring way for me to use alot of raw vegetables and fruits in smoothies and juices to get the amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals I need per day. I love the milk alternatives. She knows her blenders, done all the research for you.
I love this book and pleased to see others in the world that live passionately and ethically not harming animals for food source that we really don't need. Advertising and habits and cause we were told that to get our certain proteins and other vitamins and minerals we have to derive from animals. I don't hold that as my values or beliefs and since I made the change. I feel that we are making a difference in the world. Thanks for opening my eyes to wonderful delicious recipes that are not hard at all. Healthier too.
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