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Beautiful book, but recipes are not what I expected
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020
First, this book is beautiful. There are gorgeous and enticing pictures on nearly every page, which I think is a must for a book about juicing vegetables. The pictures sell the recipes. I really wanted to like this book, but as someone who has has juiced intermittently for years (destroyed my first Jack Lalanne juicer and have gone through 2 Breville Juice Fountains before getting a Vitamix), I find the recipes to be VERY fruit-heavy and more introductory juices. For reference, the juice of 1 apple has about 9g of sugar, so a juice like the Red Rouser, which has apple, cherries, grapes, and lime, along with soy yogurt, has a lot of sugar. Many of the vegetables in the recipes are also sugar-heavy, like carrots and beets. There's not a lot of green in this book.
This book would probably be great for someone who has never juiced before or needs to ease into the idea with sweeter blends. Some notes about the recipes in this book:
-Many call for additional ingredients fillers like grains, seeds, yogurt or milk.
-Some call for additional sweeteners like honey.
-Some call for added fat like hemp oil.
-A number of them are actually smoothies and not juices but you don't really know until you read the recipe.
-Some call for ingredients that are not always readily-available. For instance, I live in an agricultural area where most fruits and vegetables are available year-round. Although I love lychee, I almost never see it at the store or farmers' market. It's definitely a rare treat, and if I ever do find it, I'm eating it fresh and not putting it in a juice or smoothie!
Some call for items that not everyone has stocked in their pantry, like hemp oil, spirulina powder, wheatgrass powder, wheat germ, and baobab powder.
I think this book is really geared toward getting started in juicing/smoothie-making, and could be a decent introduction. So my one last bit of info on it is this: if you've never juiced before, it is fantastic, but be aware it can be expensive, especially if you source organic ingredients or purchase from a local farmers' market. A single juice could cost upwards of $10 in ingredients, depending on the recipe and what is in season at the moment.