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  • Healing The Vegan Way by Mark Reinfeld

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    Healing The Vegan Way by Mark Reinfeld, softback published by Da Capo Press. ISBN 9780738217772, price 15.99 in the UK, available from www.dacapopress.com

    The health benefits of vegetarianism and veganism are often brought into question. In this book, subtitled "plant-based eating for optimal health & wellness', the author fully describes and shows the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. You'll find expert testimonials, research, essential information and mouth-watering recipes. There are 200 recipes to get you going on the right track. We really are what we eat and eating the right foods can have a beneficial effect on our well-being. This book offers a way forward through the myriad of confusing claims and counter-claims and provides a straightforward basis for optimal health. This is a practical guide to eating vegan and all the benefits it can bring. Part One is all about healing - the challenges, theories, nutrients, benefits and practicalities; in Part Two you will find all the recipes including preparation, breakfasts, drinks, appetizers, sides, dressings, soups, mains and desserts. Try a digestive tea or a healing broth when you are unwell or to keep you in tip-top condition, eat raw for energy. There's so much in this book that can help you make the most of your health.

  • Naturally Lean by Allyson Kramer

    51vmfqJVHZL._SS300_Naturally Lean by Allyson Kramer, softback published by Da Capo Press in the USA. ISBN 9780738218564, price 15.99 in the U.K. available from www.dacapopress.com

    Don't grab the wrong snack or fill up on saturated fats and high sugar meals. Make everything you eat count towards good health. Get off the diet yo-yo and join the ranks of the lean. Allyson provides 125 gluten-free, plant based recipes under 300 calories. The book is divided into an Introduction - all about lean, healthy and good for you, followed by 6 chapters: Greens & Crucifers; Hearty Grains; Fabulous Fruits; Nuts & Seeds; Legumes; Squash, Roots & Mushrooms; at the end there are suggestions for pairings and metric conversions. The recipes cover everything from breakfasts and smoothies to dips and salads, snacks, cake and desserts or treats, soup, lunches and toasts. Some of the sweet recipes use agave syrup, which is a sugar even though the blurb on the back says no added sugars. Note to publisher - more photos please.

  • Raw Food Detox by Anya Ladra

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    Raw Food Detox by Anya Ladra, hardback published by Ryland Peters. ISBN 9781849757287, price 12.99 available from www.rylandpeters.com

    This very reasonably priced book contains more than 70 recipes for low-calorie, raw food. As spring comes along our minds turn to warmer days. We cast off winter clothes that hide a multitude of sins and realise we have put on weight. Healthy raw foods not only mean less calories, they mean a slimmer you. A you full of energy. This book presents detox programmes including a 5-day cleansing detox, 5-day glow detox and a 3-day juice detox. It also includes advice on continuing the cleansing programme. The recipes are easy to prepare and a joy to eat or drink. Smoothies for breakfast, light but energising lunches including great salads and dressings, raw food mains, snacks and desserts. It's got everything covered. Adopted as a lifestyle, your skin will glow, your body will feel lighter as if a weight has been lifted and you will have increased energy. This book has fabulous photography that really makes you want to try each and every recipe. Find out all about the benefits of eating raw that have been propounded by many. Find powerhouse ingredients and learn techniques of preparation. Please note 9 of the recipes require a dehydrator and some dessert recipes use sugar or sugar substitutes. An excellent raw food recipe book.

  • Little Bites by Christine Chitnis and Sarah Waldman

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    Little Bites by Christine Chitnis and Sarah Waldman, softback published by Roost Books. ISBN 9781611801774, price 17.99, available in the UK through PGUK

    My first reaction was 'wow I'd like to eat that', but this book is aimed at children to wean them off packaged snacks and fill them with goodies. At the same time teach them to share those goodies, because you WILL want to tuck in too. 100 great vegetarian snacks for all the family. Good food habits start at home and this is an excellent idea to educate your child's palette, tastes and get them involved in cooking too. The book feels good, looks good and does you good. It's full of homely photos, great ingredients and recipes. You'll also find great ideas for cutting the cost of produce - buy in bulk or join a local gardening community. There's an essential cupboard list and a favourite produce list. You can see at a glance if recipes are gluten, nut or dairy free to help with any allergy sufferers. There's also information about how and why the food will be good for you. You can also see if they are baby friendly. The chapters are split into seasons and the recipes are well, mouth-watering. I love Asparagus fries (would never have thought of that), Yogurt-Granola Cups (but too much sugar), Leek Fritters, all those strawberry recipes and that's just spring. Inventive, tasty and good for you - who could ask for more?

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