Let me just get one thing off my chest: I adore Martha Stewart. I am a sucker for anything the woman endorses. I simultaneously want her to be my grandmother and my best friend. So I was completely over the moon to receive a copy of her latest cookbook, "Clean Slate". I have one other Martha Stewart cookbook and I live for it. It's my favorite.
Well, at least it was until this one came along. Enraptured as I am with all things Martha, I was a little resistant to "Clean Slate" because of the word "detox" on the cover. I'm not one for fade cleanses and juice detoxes, but I have faith in Martha to lead me on the right path. So, I requested a copy and held my breath.
As it turns out, I was right to trust Martha! She and her editors at Martha Stewart Living have put together an amazing collection of wholesome, real food recipes. The cookbook makes clear that by clean eating, they mean old fashioned cooking-from-scratch recipes, using real ingredients. There's also a lot of advice to help you build up a healthy diet.
The book opens with 12 tips for healthier eating, then lays out the basics of creating a strong foundation for your clean eating lifestyle. From there, you'll find a three-day cleanse, including salad, soup and juice. There's also a twenty-one-day cleanse, with recipes I was surprised to find actually sounded delicious.
The bulk of the book is the recipes, which are broken out into sections like "Recharge" and "Relax". The snack section alone had me drooling, and many of the main courses include ingredients I'd otherwise pass by, including fish and squash. With gorgeous pictures of each meal and easy to follow instructions, this cookbook is a treasure-trove whether you want to start eating super-healthy or just cut down on the takeout.
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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