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Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You

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More than a cookbook, Clean Food is a feast for the senses that will nourish mind, body, soul…and the planet, too. With more than 200 fresh, seasonal, and tempting vegan recipes, it will help everyone eat the way the want: close to the source.

From the White House kitchen to fast food restaurants, everyone’s discussing “the sustainable diet.” But what exactly does that mean
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Hardcover, 292 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Sterling Epicure (first published January 2007)
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Jayme
Oct 25, 2009 Jayme rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: foodies
ARC
The idea behind this cookbook is to get people thinking about healthier food choices for both you and the planet. It starts off with quite a large introduction that covers what the author wants you to think about when buying and eating food. I liked that Walters emphasizes the importance of eating whole foods, and buying locally and organic when possible. However, some of the advice seems to fall into the category of nutrition fad instead of nutrition fact, like sea salt, pre-soaking grains,
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 13, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Lesley
I’ve been so excited to be able to get some of my vegan cookbooks from the library but this one, a healthy recipes one, might be a good one to own and use.

There’s a lot of good basic information and instructions such as how and how long to cook grains and, even though there are no photos, the layout is attractive, and this is one of the few cookbooks without photos where I haven’t minded the lack of photos. I love the personal notes that accompany each recipe. Some are very amusing and some are
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Malika
I like that this was a vegan cook book NOT filled with soy and imitation-meat type recipes. The author actually mentioned something about the health risks of excessive soy, which a lot of vegans get by on. As a person who's interested in nutrition, I actually enjoyed the 'About Food' part more than I did the actual recipes. The author goes into depth about natural eating. Buying foods that are only in season that hasn't been picked, thrown in a box and carried miles on end in the back of a truck ...more
Jen B
This is hands-down my absolute favorite vegetarian/vegan cookbook, and I've used it on a daily basis since I discovered it. The focus is simple: fresh veggies, herbs, and whole grains, with recipes divided by seasons to highlight the best of each season's produce. Walters doesn't shy away from using some of the less-common veggies and grains (I'd never heard of amaranth or millet), but most everything has been easy for me to find in my regular grocery store, with the exception of some of the sea ...more
Melissa
i guess i can say currently reading because i'm currently cooking from it?? ;)

i am still forming my opinions on this cookbook, but a few thoughts on it...

1. this is no beginner's cookbook. you need to already be committed to really nourishing your family, not just feeding them. if you're not, you will take one look at the recipes and give up. it has a lot of hard to find ingredients and things you've just plain never heard of.

2. it is organized seasonally, which is fabulous. that way you can act
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AJ
This is a pretty neat cookbook, and if it weren't so expensive I'd probably buy a copy to keep around. (Maybe I'll ask for it for Christmas.) Most of the recipes are quite simple and only take up one page. I like the format of the cookbook, each of the recipes is on an individual page so you don't have to flip around when you're in the middle of sauteing something.

I was actually hoping this book would be a little more commentary and a little less cookbook, but I think it works just fine the way
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Library-KAT
WHERE ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHS? $30 for a cookbook sans photos? Oh No Way!

Printed on pastel colored paper doesn't make up for anything..... The title font is extra large, bold and a darker color to match the page color, the paragraph under the title is a medium bold font, while the ingredients & instructions are a small regular font (which depending on the color of the page) are sometimes difficult to read.

Contents include: Introduction; Getting started; The Basics; Recipes; & Index.

Getting S
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Julia
I've read through most of the recipes in the book, and have actually made 4 of the recipes.
I really enjoyed the beginning with the introduction to various clean foods and the simple directions for cooking grains and other basics.
I have noticed a number of things about the book that I find make the recipes difficult to follow. As a student on a limited budget, I don't think this book makes clean eating particularly easy because of the number of ingredients required for many of the recipes, which
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Experience Life
If you’re looking for a cookbook to help you actually enjoy eating more fruits and vegetables, Clean Food is the one. Packed with mouthwatering recipes that get their assertive flavors from fresh, local produce, the book groups recipes by season, making it easy to track down their star components. Fresh spring and summer recipes feature creamy asparagus soup, golden beet and snap pea salad, and strawberry rhubarb compote, while warming fall and winter dishes include savory stuffed pumpkins and s ...more
Carrie Comfort
I know this is a cook book too, so it's kind of cheating putting it in as a "read" book on good reads, BUT I really want to share it with everyone as it has taught me a lot. I reread the introduction pages (all the stuff before the recipes) about 3 times and I still keep learning and trying to remember everything from those pages. This book is a great help to learning to eat locally and learning how to cook and prepare your food to make it more nutritional for your body. It's hard to memorize al ...more
Khinna
My first intentions had turned to the dessert section of each section, I am inclined (or inspired by a sweet tooth) to look for better, wholesome treats for my family. I love that the book, and the recipes were divided by seasons, knowing and cooking by seasonal foods, is the best way to enjoy food at it's highest peak and sustain the bounty's nutritional value. I, also, was re-introduced to using that jar of brown rice syrup and bag of brown rice again for several recipes. I love that the index ...more
Kathleen
I loved the beginning of this book--wherein the author describes what she means by clean food as well as a no-nonsense guide to eating well with simple guidelines like "eat all the colors of the rainbow" and whatnot. It's clear that she has a real passion for being healthy and eating healthful foods without being some crazy obsessed calorie counter or someone preoccupied with nutritionism. I genuinely enjoyed what she had to say about food. And there were some very useful pages in which she desc ...more
Elizabeth
So far, this is an outstanding cookbook. It's so informative and matter of fact, with great descriptions/explanations of all the ingredients used as well as cooking techniques and tools, and tips for choosing and purchasing the ingredients. This puts it right up there with Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

The recipes are SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE and very do-able... they look wonderful and are certainly inspiring me to try some new things. I may have to pick up several different products a
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Yahaira
one of tom's coworkers lent us this book and then eventually let us keep it (I guess we kept it too long hehe). months later I finally decided to try it out.

I'll be honest and say now that I skipped that whole intro chapter about whole/clean eating. so I have no idea what she claims in that section. I have tried a few of the recipes from the summer section and they have all been delicious. the black bean patties were awesome, so was the white bean/roasted tomato/arugala salad. the mushroom rago
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Taurean Watkins
This a great starting point to learning how to incorporate healthy food into your lifestyle if it's lacking or nonexistent.

This books champions taking small steps for big results over time. You learn how to make healthier choices of the foods you're already eating, and introduces you to new ingredients that will give you shortcuts without sacrificing your healthier cooking/eating goals.

A good example is oatmeal, if you switch from instant, artificially-flavored oatmeal to either oat groats (Whic
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Amanda
At its heart, the message seemed sensible enough to me: eat what's in season and local, as much as possible, and barring the ability to do that, eat what has been shipped from as close by as possible. there were some pretty good looking recipes, but i was really hoping for some more suggestions as to how to store and preserve what's local in order to KEEP eating local during the winter months. As the author is from the same cold, wintry region of the world, she MUST deal with this issue, too, mu ...more
Katie (Readdicted Reviewer)
The book is laid out by seasons, which was interesting. There are a lot of great recipes, but also a lot I wasn't interested in. Clean Eating is all about eating fresh and seasonally. Where I live, there aren't really ways to eat fresh seasonally because it gets much too cold in the winter and nothing can grow locally. The books has a great intro that talks all about the lifestyle. The worst thing about the book is the lack of pictures. I'm so visual, I don't want to make anything I haven't seen ...more
Lisa
Aug 13, 2010 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: food
So far this book hasn't lived up to my expectations. I love eating plant-based foods and I enjoyed the writing in the beginning but one of the recipes that I made from it came out absolutely awful. It was inedible and I had to throw the whole thing out - didn't have time to tinker with it because I'm already making my meals separately from the family's much of the time (this is exhausting in and of itself). I hate having to ditch a whole dinner - I was looking forward to it for one, then I had t ...more
JoAnna Studer
If you're interested in the whole whole food thing, you'll want to check this one out. Our family has loved all the recipes we've tried from Terry's cookbooks. These recipes can get you headed in a healthy direction.
Bree
Notes:
No photos of any recipe.

Vegan cookbook -- excludes cream, butter, cheese, eggs, honey, meat or bacon, basically everything that gives food flavor.

Instead you are expected to flavor with vinegar and Asian ingredients that are NOT locally sourced and I never heard of before -- miso, mochi, mirin, gomasio, galangal, kudzu, seitan, tamarind, tempeh, parcel, umeboshi plums, and several kinds of seaweed. She also suggests buying an egg-replacement powder. Yum.

Author's only source of dietary fat
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Alexia
This cookbook is wonderful! I have been thinking a great deal lately about eating foods within their seasons and this book breaks the recipes down to Seasons. The book begins by explaining what clean eating is, which is basically easting seasonal food close to the source. It talks about certain grains, how to prepare certain foods, and then come the recipes!! There are over 200 recipes, each divided into their seasons. I have only used a few of the Summer recipes thus far, but I love it. I can n ...more
Mrs.soule
There are numerous unusual ingredients used in this cookbook but the author doesn't tell you where to get them or what they look like. Also I don't see how using imported specialty items is eating close to the source. Also there are no photographs of either ingredients or finished dishes. I was happy with how many of the recipes were gluten-free and most dishes do sound yummy, like Tofu Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust which we added to our very small list of dairy- & gluten-free Thanksgivi ...more
Elizabeth
I'm not a Vegan or even a Vegetarian for that matter, that said I enjoy switching up meals everyonce in a while and trying new things. I borrowed this book from the library and tried 3 of the recipes. All very delicious and good for you. Because the book is based on Clean eating it's written by seasons so you cook recipes based on the freshest produce available at that time of year. It enhanced my obsession with butternut squash and gave me new tips to seak tofu into my diet. I would recommend b ...more
Nichole
Love it! Inspirational and educational! The recipes that I have tried so far have been absolutely delicious!
Jamie
Jan 02, 2010 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: food
This cookbook is great in the sense that it taught me how to be creative with vegetables. I love how the recipes are categorized by season to encourage the reader to utilize local farmer market produce each season. This cookbook also introduced me to several vegetables I had never cooked with and even some I have never tried. You don't have to be a vegan or vegetarian to gain something from this book either. I tend to use meat and dairy products with these recipes to better suit our lifestyle.
Kristen
Mar 27, 2012 Kristen added it
Shelves: cookbooks
I had high hopes for this cookbook but, I couldn't get into it. I loved the way it was separated by season. That would help me eat more in line with what is freshest and local during throughout the season. There were a few recipes I wanted to try but, one or two unknown ingredients would stop me from actually making it. I borrowed this from the library and had to return it (after renewing a few times). I won't give any stars since I didn't actually cook anything from it.
Meghan
No pictures, I always prefer a cookbook that shows what I am going to be cooking.
Alesia
The recipes are divided into four sections based on seasons. It has helped me pick and learn about seasonal fruits and veggies for cooking. The recipes vary from fairly simple to slightly involved. So far, everything I've made has been very good or delicious. The polenta au gratin I made last night was one of the best recipes I've ever tried. Also, the recipes are all vegetarian. Highly recommended for vegetarians, cooks, foodies and sustainability advocates.
Pia
This book was a bday gift and I'm in love with it!
The only reason at this point I'm only giving 4 stars is b/c I've only actually cooked one recipe from it. I figure once I try more I will be more able to judge the recipes. Organized by season, totally accessible and well written. Also, gave me some new ideas, like steaming tempeh before you bake it gives it a different texture. Who knew!?
(The recipe I made was the Mustard Maple Tempeh. Awesome!)
Sandy
Excellent information and recipes.
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