The Big Book of Juices: More than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/10/1
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Nutritional health expert Natalie Savona improves on her 500,000-copy selling Big Book of Juices & Smoothies, with this even bigger book of recipes guaranteed to boost your health and vitality – a comprehensive introduction to juicing.
The Big Book of Juices is a new edition of Natalie Savona's classic title, now with even more juices and smoothies and more than 250 photographs. It is founded on two basic principles. First, that juicing is easy if we simply adopt the habit of it; and second, that juicing every day is a delicious way to get healthy and stay healthy.
Following a comprehensive introduction to juicing, 405 different juice and smoothie blends are divided up into three central chapters: Making Juices; Making Smoothies; and Making Quenchers (juices with a little added something, such as soda water, herbs or spices). Every blend is given an at-a-glance nutrient profile (listing vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients), and a star rating on its merits as an energy- and immune-booster, a detoxer, and a tonic for the skin.
The recipes can be sourced in several ways: by fruit or vegetable of choice (the chapters are organized by main ingredient); by health benefit (an alphabetical chart lists approximately 50 common ailments or disorders, and cross-references them to the juices that will help overcome them); and by nutrient (a list is given of all the major vitamin and mineral nutrients, each with cross-references to the relevant recipes in the book).
The last chapter – a juicing reference section – includes the nutrient and ailment charts as well as suggested juice courses for detoxing and immunity boosting, making this the most practical and comprehensive juice book on the market.
"Natalie Savona's inspiring, practical approach to balanced eating and simple, tasty recipes have made her one of Britain's leading nutritionists. She is the author of six books, including The Big Book of Juices & Smoothies, Wonderfoods and Wonderfoods for Kids. Natalie trained at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition, having previously graduated from Cambridge and City Universities. She regularly features as an expert in the national press, on radio and television and has presented two television series for the BBC. For more information visitwww.nataliesavona.com"
The one flaw I see with this book is that some of the recipes are a little redundant. Instead of adding in the notes section something along the lines of "Substitute carrots with cucumbers for a more refreshing drink," the book has an entirely new page of the exact same recipe but with the carrots swapped for cucumbers and a new name for it. There's only a handful of recipes like this but it had alerted me enough to comment about it.
I'm new to juicing, but I've been drinking green smoothies (blended fruit and leafy greens -- no dairy) for months now. Juicing seemed like the perfect adjunct to the smoothies -- I wanted to add more vegetables to my diet. If you've done any research about juicing or smoothies, you've seen the debate about combining fruits and vegetables. If you're not a fan of combining them, this is not the book for you -- virtually all of these recipes combine the two food groups. (While I don't generally combine them myself, my current favorite juice is Natalia Rose's Life Force Powerade -- kale, cucumber or celery, beets, ginger, apples and lemon. Drinking this the first thing in the morning is an amazing start to the day.)
Having said that, this book is an inspiration to me as a juicing newbie, and gives me plenty of ideas for both my juices and green smoothies. BUT -- much of this content is duplicated in Ms. Savona's book, The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies: 365 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day (The Big Book of...Series) (Spiral-bound). Until recently this was available here on amazon.com in a spiral-bound format -- a much more condensed version, and probably easier to use.
Either of these books is worth a look -- I think anyone interested in juices or smoothies would benefit on some level.
It has a good index and I like that she also suggests combinations to help with health issues like diarrhea, sleeplessness, detox, etc. Very helpful.
I use it daily as I juice 2-3 times per day. I have found some combinations I really like and use regularly; others, didn't like so much and probably won't make again. Everyone's taste buds vary!
Some reviewers felt like the book was too 'obvious' or didn't give enough 'help' in making juice. What are you talking about? If you need to know HOW to make juice, read your owner's manual for your juicer.
I believe this book is intended to suggest combinations that taste good together, the proper amounts of each fruit and veg to achieve a palatable juice, AND produce a consistent amount of juice output i.e. each recipe makes about 16-20 ounces of juice.