It takes me a while to get into any recipe book, if I ever do. Mostly, I make one or two culinary concoctions and then it sits in my cupboard getting dusty (with a few coffee stains for a well-worn look). However, I recently received The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies: 365 natural blends for health and vitality every day by Natalie Savona, and it is so easy to use, it even draws in a one-pan wonder woman like me.
It’s an idiot’s guide, really. And what I most love about the book is that it is coded by cute little pictures of the main fruit or vegetable ingredient of the drink blend, so if you have an abundance of tomatoes in your fridge, you can go straight to the section and look for tomato recipes.
There is also, of course, an introduction outlining the juicing process and how to go about getting most nutritional benefit from your creations, as well as a guide to the ingredients which are best for use and equipment you’ll need. And none of the recipes seem too ‘out there’ to be inedible (believe me, I’ve got a couple of juicer books and some of the mixtures are MINGING – don’t bother with green beans!).
Carrot recipes are my favourite – I love carrot juice alone but there are quite a few tasty blends in this book to try out. Have a go at ‘Minty Carrot’: put 3 carrots, 1 apple, 1 stick of celery and a small bunch of fresh mint into your juicer and hey presto, a delicious and nutritious thirst quencher!
The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies: 365 blends for health and vitality every day (dbp) by Natalie Savona. 192 pages, spiral bound.